Today's Washington Business Journal has a long piece
about legislation making its way through the city council that would require site-specific permits for street vendors and that would create "development zones", "essentially specific geographic areas with a uniform design standard that would be established through a partnership of DCRA, neighborhoods and their business improvement districts." The Capitol Riverfront BID
plans on applying to make the area around the ballpark
such a zone. The article has quotes from the Nationals and the BID about what sort of vending they'd like to see. Gregory McCarthy of the Nationals says that the team thinks "it's in the city's interest to have a good fan experience and to have vending around the ballpark be regulated in a reasonable manner -- but also be of sufficient quality." Michael Stevens of the BID says that vendors shouldn't sell items that compete with those inside the ballpark: "I want to see a variety of vending food options, drink options. I'd like better-looking carts, [although] I don't know what that means yet." If the bill is not passed by Opening Day, "licensed vendors could set up shop at any site that meets current regulations for vendors -- which include such requirements as not obstructing the right of way for pedestrians. Near the stadium that could include spots along M, N, Half and First streets SE."