Essay: Latino street vendors ‘fight to live’ in pandemic

On one of the hottest days of the year, 68-year-old street vendor Emilio Vargas sets out with his classic squeeze horn that hangs from a thin rope attached to his cargo bike, along with a horseshoe for good luck.

They call him the “Elote Man” for the Mexican-style corn he sells throughout Second Ward. On a good day, which starts around 11 and ends around 6, he sells out. But Emilio, originally from Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico, knows his current lack of business is due to COVID-19....