Living: Peddling Pays

Sidewalk hustlers multiply

They stake out selling space on the sidewalks of the world's most populous and profitable avenues. They do not advertise their wares. A simple litany suffices: "Check it out ... Why pay more? . . . Check it out." Fast-buck operators, masters of the quick hustle and the silver-tongued spiel, they are the street vendors of America, peddlers reincarnated from Dickensian England, catering to impulse buyers of every class and whim.

With today's high prices and soaring sales taxes, peddlers are finding eager customers in such disparate places as the Coconut...

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