More proof that hawkers do better on the street than in new digs that are constructed for them. Back in 2001, authorities in Mumbai spent 300 million rupees ($6.1 million) to create the Dadar Hawkers Plaza. Eight years on, The Times of India reports, the 750-shop space is almost deserted.
Why? Well try this: "There is no proper entrance to the plaza, no signboard or publicity," one store-owner told the newspaper. Other hawkers said that they resisted moving to the upper floors of the structure.
In retailing, it's location, location, location. And a haphazard presence on the street is a far better location than an official stall far from pedestrian traffic.