People of Boston, listen up. Your government is in the process of f*cking up something highly magnificent, and you can help us stop it.
The Green Street Vault, Boston’s first and only mobile urban apparel retailer, is the brainchild of Derrick Cheung, Emerson College senior extraordinaire, and his business partner, Howard Travis. They stock a small variety of local brands in their truck-shop, selling everything from hats to shoes with a particular stylish sensibility. You’d think their kind of sharp, innovative spirit would be rewarded in a city as open-minded and creative as Boston, right?
Here’s how it all fell apart: Last year, the Green Street Vault burst onto the Boston fashion scene holding what they were assured was the only permit they would need from the City of Boston: a Hawker’s and Peddler’s License. Good enough to keep food trucks in business throughout the City, but the fellows at the Green Street Vault soon hit a roadblock in the form of the Boston Police Department, doling out $400 worth of fines because the business lacked special permits. But here’s the kicker– the permits they wanted? Don’t officially exist in City Hall. The fines were dismissed in appeal, but the prohibition remains: Green Street Vault cannot lawfully operate anywhere within Boston’s Back Bay or Downtown areas, basically restricting them to the outskirts of the city.
So far they’ve made some progress wading through the swamp of City Hall bureaucracy, but there’s still a ways to go. If you’re as upset about this as we at the Future Boston Alliance are, say something:
Mayor Menino’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Menino’s phone number: 617.635.4500
Don’t know what to say? That’s ok, Derrick and co. have come up with a template letter for you to fill out. Every voice counts. Take a stand for Boston’s creative economy.
–Rachel, Future Boston Intern