Street Vendor Guide

More accessible laws

To help make civic information more accessible, Chang collaborated with The Street Vendor Project to design a guide for New York City street vendors. She designed and illustrated the guide, which translates the most commonly violated rules into accessible diagrams and includes text in English, Bengali, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. The guide also features the history of street vending in New York, vendors’ personal stories, and policy reform recommendations (lift license caps, increase street access, reduce the fines, and reform administration & enforcement). Thousands of copies were distributed to street vendors for free, and the guide is available as a free pdf or a purchasable print version here. Part of the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Making Policy Public Series  and featured in the 2010 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

2009. 32″ x 22″ fold-out poster, heavy 80 lb. Lynx Brightwhite Smooth matte paper stock. Produced by the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Collaboration with Sean Basinski, Rosten Woo, John Mangin.


Typical page from the current regulation book.

Street Vendor Guide

Street Vendor Guide

Street Vendor Guide

Street Vendor Guide

Above photos by Prudence Katze and the Center for Urban Pedagogy

Detail shots:

The process:


Tickets from street vendors – mostly for parking their cart too far from the curb, parking on restricted streets, parking too close to a storefront, and not “conspicuously” wearing their license

Hanging out with street vendors like Munnu to understand their experiences

Meeting with street vendors to get feedback on drafts of the guide





“I think it would be a great advantage to all the peddlers to have a translated copy of the license issued. As it is, some of the Italians cannot understand the regulations of the road and the ordinances of the City. If it were printed in English…in Yiddish…in Greek, Italian and Syrian for the others it would prove to be a great aid to them.” - Rev. Bernardino Polizzo, during a hearing on the pushcart menace, 1905

Related Items