Revealing the Street Vendor Phenomena for Better Urban Life

Bambang, Karsono and Yashira, Qanita and Julaihi, Wahid and Joy Natalie, Cotter and Deni, - (2023) Revealing the Street Vendor Phenomena for Better Urban Life. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, 334. pp. 1-10. (Submitted)

[img] PDF
FULL PAPER Karsono_The 6th Biennale ICIAP2022 (1).pdf

Download (414kB)
Official URL:


Street vendor is one of the phenomena that has been discussed frequently by many scholars in the urban informal sector studies. Due to the limitation of jobs opportunity in the formal sector in the city, street vendors are becoming an option for urban communities to sustain their income. Informal street vendors’ activity grows spontaneously because it is a simple operation as compared to formal businesses, and sometimes, there is no standard procedure to regulate them. Many scholars supported that the existence of informal street vendors in urban spaces contributed to a positive impact on the sustainability of urban life. In Medan City, for example, street vendors grew tremendously, especially at night, and dominated the public spaces along the street corridors. This study attempts to reveal the causal factors and the utilization of the street corridor dominated by street vendors and its positive impact on the livability and sustainability of the city. Mixed-method research approach is applied in this study to analyze the descriptive and qualitative data obtained through observation, mapping, photo-trekking, and interviews at three (3) selected street corridors in Medan City. The results of the study reveal that this phenomenon contributes to the sustainability of urban life at night and becomes a popular place for people to gather. It helps to pull the crowd that may contribute to the livelihood of the city economy. On the other hand, it is the place that indicates the high level of place dependency for street vendors to sustain their income. Keywords: street vendor, street corridor, urban life, urban sustainability

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Depositing User: Cotter
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 08:34
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2023 02:47

Actions (For repository members only: login required)

View Item View Item