Don’t Tell Ambode, Bangkok Just Banned Street Food
Bolé. Roasted corn. Suya. All gone.
Well, not here, but I imagine Bangkok residents feel a pain that I can’t even fathom as their government just went and banned all street food.
What a spoilsport.
Bangkok, recently named the city with the best street food by CNN, has almost over 20,000 (!!) street food vendors scattered around the city. Meanwhile, did CNN come to Lagos when polling that because we have some serious objections.
With the Otodo Gbame fiasco, this whole thing feels like something Ambode could do. He better not get any ideas. To be fair though, Ambode looks like he enjoys a wrap of Amala or two, with hot ewedu and gbegiri and small Star on Fridays. His tie is carefully placed on his left shoulder as he descends into the amala. We doubt he'll make any drastic changes. That said, we're watching.
Officially, it’s being tagged as a “cleanup campaign” but we all know what the deal is.It does bring up one serious question though: What happens to the displaced vendors?
Pulling this “cleaning up city” move is all fine and great, but the displaced vendors are suddenly without jobs. Like the spike in crime caused by the forced evictions in Lagos, Bangkok might have some bigger issues to deal with. It’s crazy how these cities don’t think about the social cost of actions like these.