Achtung!

Curry wurst by the royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony in Dresden? Pretzels by the Reichstag in Berlin?

History and street food complement one another in Germany. Alas, we didn’t run into the guys who wear portable grills shaped like aprons and cook sausages while walking on the sidewalk (we looked) but we saw plenty that Atlanta should emulate during a ten-day blitz trip around Deutschland.

Times Square Savior: The Link Between Street Vending and Public Safety

Mike Lukovich cartoon

The modest hero in New York’s latest bomb scare, a T-shirt vendor with sharp eyes who alerted the police after noticing the smoke billowing from the rear of  an S.U.V. packed with explosives, is a Vietnam veteran who has been selling stuff on the street for the last 20 years.

“I don’t have too much of a choice, nobody’s giving me a job,” he said to reporters. Asked if he had a word of advice for his fellow New Yorkers, he used the familiar  ”See something, say something,” motto.

Atlanta’s Mike Luckovich pays homage to the street vendors, including a burly fellow with a pretzel in his hand, whom he lines up with the FBI and the New York City Police right behind a pleased-looking Mayor Bloomberg giving credit to the forces of safety!