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Atlanta street vendors ask city to allow them to work

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Atlanta street vendors are fighting back against the city's crackdown on selling goods on public property.

The Atlanta Vendors Association held a news conference on Tuesday where they asked city leaders to allow them to work.

"The city of Atlanta has waged a scorched-earth policy against vendors by throwing them all off the street," said Robert Frommer, an attorney for the Atlanta Vendors Association.

With the Georgia Dome as their backdrop, Atlanta's street vendors and their attorney called on the city to allow them to work again.

Vendors Association President Larry Miller says Atlanta police told him to pack up his goods at Monday's opening day at Turner Field .

"This is a case of April Fool's and March Madness all tied up in one. And we'd like it to end Mayor Reed. Would you please just renew our vending license so that we might be able to just go back to work," said Miller.

Vendors believe the city has retaliated against them after a judge ruled the city's street vendor ordinance was invalid.

"It didn't happen for them and they just got mean. They just got ugly, and I'm ashamed of them for doing this to us," said Stanley Hambrick, the vice-president of the Atlanta Vendors Association.

But the mayor's office says it's not trying to shut down street vending in the city of Atlanta, but instead maintain order on public property.

"All we're talking about is city sidewalks. Vendors still have the ability to enter into contracts with private property owners and continue to vend if they so choose," said Carlos Campos, the Mayor's Office spokesperson.

Campos says vendors still have options.  One vendor is in compliance with city law because he's not on a sidewalk and has arranged with the property owner to sell his produce there.

"It is against the law to block city sidewalks with the sale or display of goods," Campos said.

The Atlanta Vendors Association plans to show up in force Saturday. They'll protest the city's ordinance outside the Georgia Dome before the Final Four tips off.

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