“Informal vendors” overwhelm city’s options to relocate them

About 8,000 informal vendors are in Cuenca, and to relocate them, according to the Municipality of Cuenca, would require building 13 more markets like those on 12 de Abril or the 10 de Augusto, which have about 650 stalls each. These itinerant merchants have asked the municipality to assign them a fixed space to work—they say they are more than willing to leave the informality and disorder of the streets. Their presence, in addition to generating disorder in public spaces, has also caused discomfort among the merchants of the markets and owners of commercial premises who feel these informal merchants…

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