The hustle of downtown by John Hagan
Everyday during the AM and PM rush hour periods, I sell StreetWise magazine on Adams street between Franklin and Wells.
During the busy period I notice three different groups of people. Group one are those who are my valued StreetWise customers. They buy the magazine and value our work. Group two are those who acknowledge my existence, but usually don’t buy StreetWise magazine, they are very nice nevertheless. Group three are those who don’t acknowledge me or StreetWise magazine itself, which I find rather hurtful to our vendor force.
My priority is not that customers buy StreetWise to please us, but that they understand that at StreetWise we are selling a product that can empower individuals and that people acknowledge our vendors. Customers who don’t do this may do harm to the reputation of StreetWise and the vendors self-esteem.
By James Metzgar
I sell magazines at the intersection of La Salle and Madison, usually on the southwest corner underneath the scaffolding. There are banks on three corners and St. Peter’s church is in the middle of the north side of that block on Madison street.
To get there I take the Red line to the Monroe street stop, walk north to Madison street, and walk west on Madison street three blocks to the intersection with La Salle St. If you would like to meet me come to that location and tell me what kind of articles you would like to see published in StreetWise. I am usually selling between the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM during the week.
By Andy Allen
I am a StreetWise vendor who sell s the magazine on Chicago and Franklin close to Brown Line. Specifically 20 feet from the stairwell exit of the southbound Brown line train. You will find me 200 feet in front of Dunkin Donuts. I am across the street from the Family Guidance center. There is no parking available, but there is curb service . If you are dropping someone off at the El Train. There is also a bus stop for #66 East bound bus in front of Walgreen. Also there is a Starbucks on the corner of Franklin and Chicago. If anyone is interested in buying a magazine from me I’ll be at my location from 8:30 to 10:00 AM Monday to Friday.
Feel free to come and introduce yourself and purchase your StreetWise magazine. I would like to meet you and hear your feedback concerning my writing and StreetWise magazine. Thank you for being there for me.
By Arnold Donaldson
My corner is the two intersections at Diversey between Broadway and Clark surrounded by a lot of stops. There is usually a lot of foot traffic. It depends on what time a day it is. I greet each person with a salutation or a greetings such as, “Hello,” “How are you? Would you like to buy a StreetWise?”
Usually when I am selling my street magazine I try to show happiness, enthusiasm, pride and self-confidence. I don’t necessarily sell StreetWise to everyone that passes but I converse with a lot of people. I know a lot of people on my corner because I have been selling there for seven years and I have a lot of friends and customers.