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Manager calls time out on peddler ban

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to ask aldermen Monday to table a proposed ordinance that would have banned souvenir vendors from public sidewalks around Northwestern University’s athletic complex.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to ask aldermen Monday to table a proposed ordinance that would have banned souvenir vendors from public sidewalks around Northwestern University’s athletic complex.

The ordinance, sought by NU officials and Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington, had brought complaints from licensed peddlers that they were being pushed out of business in favor of a university concessionaire and from residents who said they enjoyed the opportunity to buy from the street vendors — at costs often lower those charged inside the stadium.

Both residents and the vendors disputed claims by the university and police that the peddlers were causing pedestrian safety issues around Ryan Field.

Bobkiewicz says he and the chief "remain concerned about safety issues" in the area and that the police will continue to enforce existing restrictions on peddling and ticket scalping.

He also says city an NU police will work to document conditions at football and basketball games this season and return to the council in the spring with a plan for possible city code revisions to enhance pedestrian safety.

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