Rochester’s public market is about to get a $10 million overhaul. The Democrat and Chronicle reports on plans to build more permanent and weather-proof facilities with better amenities, such as sinks and refrigeration.
But there are concerns the market will become too chic and expensive:
“They want to turn it into a yuppie coffee lounge,” (vendor) Gary Eaton said. “They can do to it whatever they want, as long as they don’t screw it up.”
The yuppie boat may already have sailed. On any given Saturday, dozens of people patronize businesses on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the market, sitting outside with their coffee and pastry while they socialize.
They also rub elbows with recent immigrants speaking some of the more than 30 languages heard at the market, and with low-income people using food stamps to purchase vegetables, meats and slightly out-of-date breads or chips.
“One of the things that makes the market special is the different socioeconomic groups and cultures that all interact together,” (market manager Jim) Farr said. “We want to make sure it’s still accessible (to everyone). It’s not our goal to yuppify it.”
It will be interesting to see how the market evolves. It has been in the same spot since 1905 and has already changed considerably. Click here for historical photos.
Links of the Day:
– Colleges and universities are tax exempt, but use a lot of municipal resources. The Democrat and Chronicle takes a deep look at what area universities pay localities. I don’t buy the argument the colleges are economic drivers and should be spared responsibility. You could use that for any company.
– Western New York has a lot riding on the negotiation of a new stadium lease for the Buffalo Bills. A Buffalo News columnist says the team is a “heartbeat away” from leaving.
– An Albany Times Union columnist takes the governor to task for editing the state archives.
– In a big blow to the standardized testing company used by New York, researchers have found Pearson uses flawed methodology.
– The Toronto Star sent 15 reporters to cover the funeral of an ordinary, unknown woman. Why? Because she is all of us.
– A Buffalo couple is getting remarried – after spending 50 years apart.