Phila. wants more sidewalk vendors

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The city will offer 39 Center City vending spots in a lottery.

Food trucks are settling into their zones in Center City, the Navy Yard and the college campuses.

Now, Philadelphia is going back to drum up support for the original street-food source: sidewalk vendors.

The city will accept applications for 39 Center City vending locations between June 16 and 20, and it's so keen on finding candidates, it's waiving the $50 application fee.

The solicitation and the list of locations are here.

Some spots were simply abandoned by previous vendors, said a rep with the city.

Among them are some high-pedestrian-traffic zones: a spot on 15th Street just south of Market, for one.

I see another, on the east side of 12th Street just south of Market, that - alas - may be unavailable for a good long while if that just-announced Market Street development rips up the area.

Winning applicants will be notified in July.

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