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A banner produced by The Municipality of Lima announcing the prohibition of street vending in public space. (Credit: J. Renteria)

During my Winter 2011 visit to Lima, Peru, what intrigued me most of the street vending culture there were the innovative wheeled carts covering the city’s dense landscape. Perhaps a wheeled cart isn’t all that novel, but the different scales are, as is the seamless integration of these carts into the urban fabric. In some cases, the carts are distributed by local governments and at other times they are corporate innovations, such as is the case with the Nescafe bike cart that can be seen below. Still, other times, they are simply a product of a striving entrepreneur’s toils. Below are some of my findings:

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A street vendor sells grapefruits from a Municipality of Lima sanctioned cart. (Credit: J. Renteria)

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Another Municipality of Lima sanctioned cart. (Credit: J. Renteria)

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And another … (Credit: J. Renteria)

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This handy Miraflores District sanctioned cart goes from this … (Credit: J. Renteria)

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… to this … (Credit: J. Renteria)

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… and can store all of this! (Credit: J. Renteria)

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This cart in the District of Barranco goes from this … (Credit: J. Renteria)

… to this! (Credit: J. Renteria)

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Nescafe is sold from a bike cart. (Credit: J. Renteria)

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Everyday goods are sold from a push cart in Callao. (Credit: J. Renteria)

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