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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Decriminalizing Street Vending

Plus: A restaurant in Cyprus to bridge a cultural divide, and the connection between digestive organisms and mental health

In Los Angeles, up to 50,000 sidewalk vendors regularly line the streets of the downtown area. Undocumented immigrants, who comprise a large percentage of these vendors, are facing increasingly frequent citing and police enforcement of sidewalk vending laws under Trump’s recent crackdown. This affects the ability of those who make a living by street vending to financially support themselves and their families. In the past, enforcement has been inconsistent, enabling many to rely on street vending as their primary source of income.

Last Tuesday, L.A. council officials moved to decriminalize street vending in the city, apparently compelled by President Donald Trump’s targeting of the undocumented immigrant population. Technically, the vote was merely an authorization for city attorneys to draft laws that officially decriminalize street vending. Before the new law is improved, sidewalk vendors are still technically breaking the law and vulnerable to the enforcement decisions of individual police officers.

Regardless, the undertaking is a crucial step for protection of the sidewalk vendors in Los Angeles, many of whom are undocumented immigrants that may face deportation if they are charged for any criminal offense. Until this law is passed, street vendors may be subject to deportation, whether they are arrested or not.

Read the Full Story Here (via City Lab)

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Cyprus Restaurant Aims to Bridge Turkish-Greek Divide

Photo: City Lab

A 40-year-old conflict persists in the largely deserted, UN-controlled buffer zone of Nicosia, Cyprus. The area, which stretches 112 miles and comprises the majority of the length of the island, has been dividing the country into a Turkish north and a Greek south since 1974. Cyprus’s Home Café is a restaurant that champions “gastrodiplomacy.” It educates its ethnically diverse customers about each other, and quite literally brings them together in the no man’s land that separates them. (via City Lab)

Healthy Mind Healthy Gut

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Treatments for depression and anxiety have been largely focused on medications and psychotherapy in recent years. Now, microorganisms are being used to curate a healthy gut, which has been directly associated with a thriving mind. (via GOOD)

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