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Mar 20, 2014 11:59 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Vendors cut from 4th Ave Street Fair, making way for Modern Streetcar

TUCSON - The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair will have a new look this year. Some vendors along the route are being re-located, others cut to make way for Streetcar testing.

Instead of stretching from University to 9th Street the 4th Avenue Street Fair is now a T-shape ending at 8th Street. Kurt Tallis with the 4th Avenue Merchants Association says, "instead of being six blocks long, the Street Fair is now five blocks long and one block wide."

Vendors normally set up near O'Malley's have moved to 7th Street toward 5th Avenue.

Tallis says, "we're a 44 year old event, and anytime you change anything, boy does it cause trouble."

When asked how she feels about it, MJ Barns says, "I'm not sure, I'm going to have to wait and see what happens."

Barns is one of 86 vendors relocated. While some veterans worry foot traffic could be slower in their new spot, newbies are optimistic, hoping visitors will be eager to check it out.

Stuard Hartman with Olivia Stuard Jewelry says, "we've applied to this event three years in a row, this is the first year we were allowed in."

Going forward, the Street Fair will be the only downtown event that will shut down the Streetcar. Tallis says it's written in the City Ordinance. Once the cars start operating, likely for December's Street Fair, a bus will act as a bridge, getting pedestrians across.

"Well because the street fair is too big, 300,000 people, elbow to elbow you'd never get a train through this," says Tallis, "I think once the Modern Streetcar starts running we're all going to be thrilled."

Losing those 16 vendors is costing organizers $30,000 which clean up costs come from. A reminder, pets are not allowed.

The fair runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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