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On Saturday, March 5, children’s-clothing vendor Ann Young pulled up to RFK Stadium expecting a day of selling and swapping at the Benning Road Market. Instead, on orders of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, she and about 100 other street vendors were turned away and the market was shut down indefinitely. “We hadn’t been given proper notification that it was going to be closed,” says Young. Commission spokesperson Tony Robinson says that under its contract with New Horizons, the company that oversees the market, the commission has the right to shut it down once baseball arrives in the city. Notifying sellers in advance, he says, is the responsibility of New Horizons. Robinson claims that baseball wasn’t the commission’s only incentive for jettisoning the market. “The fact that the flea market produced a significant amount of trash and was not favored by the community made the decision a little easier,” he says. —Constantine Caloudas