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Get Green Street Vault back into Boston’s Back Bay and Downtown areas.
  • Petitioned Mayor Menino

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Mayor Menino

Get Green Street Vault back into Boston’s Back Bay and Downtown areas.

    1. Cryssy Cheung
    2. Petition by

      Cryssy Cheung

      Queens, NY

On March 1, Green Street Vault ran into some disappointing road blocks – for us, as well as our customers. We were given Boston City citations for Occupying City Property “without permits.” When Howard and I started this business seven months ago, we had done our due diligence, and made sure we carried all the proper permitting before hitting the streets.

We were initially told all we needed were “Hawker’s and Peddler’s” licenses, so that’s what we have; but according to these City citations we were issued, we’re missing permits… that actually don’t exist within city legislature.
After inquiring further with multiple departments in City Hall, we have discovered that GSV technically operates in a “grey area,” given that our business transactions occur inside the truck, not on the street. The City thus considers GSV to be a “Hawker and Peddler,” grouped with pushcarts selling $5 sunglasses and Roasted Nuts. Not that there is anything wrong with that by any means, we are just clearly a very different business.

So as of March 1, 2012, the City is no longer letting Green Street Vault park in Back Bay or anywhere Downtown until we reach a compromise, because the Back Bay and Downtown areas are a “restricted zone” for Hawkers and Peddlers.
We have been making headway, but are at a standstill with the City. We are patiently waiting and abiding by the City’s laws by vending outside of their “restricted vending zone” until a meeting can be set with City officials to determine our status.
However, we need to get through to the mayor now. We need to let him know that GSV is an innovative local business that the public wants to see stay open; and that Boston is the home of innovative, entrepreneurial businesses supported by our local government.

GSV is a Boston business – we were created in the incubator of Emerson College and our creative concept has been met with tremendous media and consumer enthusiasm, highlighting that the American philosophy of business innovation is alive and well. We are 100% supportive of Mayor Menino’s position for innovation in Boston. Allowing us to continue to do what we do best will only help push the agenda for innovation forward!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. A thank you and update from the GSV!

      Cryssy Cheung
      Petition Organizer

      - see tumblr link :)

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Liam Feldstein BRIGHTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I support local businesses, and Boston should too

    • marc thornton MARION, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Me and one of my business partners are trying to start a business just like "green street vault" but we are calling are truck "the five-0" with the economy the way it is, it shall be hard (which is why the permits are needed to make money so we all won't have to live off the government, which is a benefit for us and the government) But my american dream is to become a business man and i am very passionate, about this. so my dream will come true with a couple obstacles. one love

      -marc Thornton 16

    • Clark Kerone NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Im working on a similar project in New Orleans and I'm dealing with some of the same road blocks. This idea is very innovative and gives young entrepreneurs like us an opportunity to do what we love. I hope everything works out for u guys. Peace

    • Kristina Wentzell KEENE, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      This is the logical next step after food trucks. The public welcomes this kind of creativity and it is good for the economy--the city should embrace it!

      I have started my own mobile retail business as well: http://www.happycamperart.com/

    • Christine U OAKVILLE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Innovative and creativity should not be stopped by bureaucracy. It is important that governments keep up with the times. And selfishly, I am thinking of doing the same thing in my town (Toronto, Canada). I hope my city gov't already sees the value in these types of enterprises...have to check to see if they do. I am signing this because I hope it helps!


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