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Street vendors strive for legitimacy

LOS ANGELES — Manolo Cruz embarked on a unique business endeavor in 2012, selling chopped fresh fruit from a wheeled cart in the gentrified neighborhood of Highland Park. He envisioned a livelihood selling sliced fruits like pineapples, oranges, cucumbers, coconuts and watermelons displayed atop layers of ice cubes during hot, sunny days. With daily profits…

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