The pushcart vendors in Downtown Crossing have received a reprieve until the end of May from Mayor Menino, after they complained of ignominious treatment by the nonprofit Downtown Boston Business Improvement District and its partners at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. That buys some time to determine how and where the pushcarts fit into the future of downtown Boston. Both sides should use it to reach a productive compromise.
Rosemarie Sansone, president of the business improvement district, said that her group’s intention all along has been to upgrade the pushcart program, not eliminate it. That message, however, wasn’t received by the vendors, whose city permits were due to expire at the end of this month. They say they were kicked to the curb by Sansone’s group.