Managing Public Premises for Street Food Vending in Helsinki

Authors: Chaitawat Boonjubun*, University of Helsinki
Topics: Land Use
Keywords: Land, Landownership, Public Space, Street Vending, Helsinki
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This paper investigates the municipal management on the use of public space for food vending. The case is Helsinki, a Nordic welfare city, in which the City of Helsinki who is the city’s largest landowner attempts to manage public premises to achieve the equal use by its citizens. In particular, this paper compares the management of traditional market square trading and that of modern food truck vending. It aims at analysing the interconnectedness amongst rent, land use, and public services, and unpacking the ways in which street vendors face difficulties in using public spaces for their livelihood. Data had been collected between July 2016 and August 2018 from: interviews with street vendors and city authorities; observations; and document analysis.

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