Downtown Boston Business Improvement District: Don't force loyal pushcart vendors out of DTx as desired by BID
  • Petitioned Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

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BID President
Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

Downtown Boston Business Improvement District: Don't force loyal pushcart vendors out of DTx as desired by BID

    1. Robert Grover
    2. Petition by

      Robert Grover

      Weymouth, MA

Pushcart vendors have long provided Downtown Crossing with alternative retail options for food & accessories, without interfering in the operation of DTx's retail establishments.

BID claims Downtown Crossing needs upgraded carts/merchandise, thereby forcing the current vendors out of DTx by the end of March, 2013 (now extended to the end of May, 2013). This petition will show Downtown Boston BID that current vendors/merchandise in Downtown Crossing are (and should continue to be) a staple of this district.

Article from BBJ can be found at www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2013/03/downtown-crossing-pushcarts.html

To:
Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, BID President
Do not force current pushcart vendors out of DTx as desired by BID

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,100 signatures
    2. Petition delivered on 3/16 in DTx / Online petition open until end of May

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      On Saturday morning at 10:30am, all 1,000+ signatures & comments received up to that point in time, were personally delivered to the Vendors Association President Craig Caplan in Downtown Crossing. Craig has expressed great appreciation to everyone who has signed/supported them/passed the word along. These signatures/comments will be given to the Boston Redevelopment Association during a vendors-BRA meeting this coming Tuesday, 3/19.

      Though the paper form of this petition is already finalized, all documentation cross-references this petition's webpage, meaning the BRA/BID can continually check-in and see any new signatures/comments received. For this reason, I am keeping this petition open until the end of May, when the vendors' current licenses are set to expire. As always, come back to keep updated with more information! Thanks again to everyone.

    3. Reached 1,001 signatures
    4. Friendly reminder about giving signature

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      We are almost at our goal! I can't thank everyone enough for spreading the word about this worthwhile cause.

      If you or a friend are going to provide your signature, I ask that you please provide a full name. I've found a signature which contains only 3 initials, and I am unable to accept this as a valid signature. I appreciate your understanding!

      Great work everyone. Come back soon to read further updates in the "News" section.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. 60-day extension for DTx vendors! (but don't breathe a sigh of relief yet)

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      The Boston Herald has released an article at http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2013/03/pushcarts_win_reprieve_from_downtown_crossing_removal which states the Mayor has told the Public Works Department to extend all vendors' licenses for another 60 days, bringing the expiration to the end of May.

      Though this is a positive step, this is not a "cure-all". Much work is still to be done, meaning we STILL need your support via this petition & any calls you can make to the Mayor's office or to the BID President's office. Let's keep working for the vendors toward a PERMANENT solution, so we don't face losing them in May. Thanks again to everyone for your support!

    7. For news publications (contact information)

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all of your support, there has been great attention brought about towards this cause...attention from some very respected local publications/websites.

      If anyone is looking for direct contact to inquire about everyone's support given on this petition, please reach me at either:
      Twitter (@djimpact1)
      e-mail (djimpact1@yahoo.com)

      Many thanks to everyone who has signed. We're over 2/3 there!

    8. Your support leads to more mentions - Thanks to Bostinno.com & Boston.com

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support of Downtown Crossing pushcart vendors, this petition has been graciously mentioned in respective articles from Bostinno & Boston.com.

      1st article can be read at http://bostinno.com/2013/03/11/downtown-crossing-pushcart-vendors-forced-out/
      2nd article can be read at http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/downtown/2013/03/menino_and_others_object_to_do.html

      I'd like to sincerely thank both organizations for mentioning our cause. On a side note, we're over halfway there with our signature goal, and that's thanks to you, the Downtown Crossing pushcart consumer!

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Visit "The Real Downtown Crossing" Facebook page / we're mentioned there!

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      A great Facebook page dedicated to the Downtown Crossing district can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RealDowntownBoston

      On a side note, thanks to them for linking our petition to their page. We know you've helped in getting us closer to our goal of 1,000 signatures!

    11. Your support for DTx vendors gets us mentioned in Boston Business Journal!

      Robert Grover
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your efforts, this petition has been mentioned in the Boston Business Journal. You can read about us at http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2013/03/downtown-crossing-pushcart-vendors.html

      Great job everyone. Let's keep the word spreading/signatures coming to help save the current Downtown Crossing pushcart vendors.

    12. Reached 250 signatures

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