That’s not to say I do not spend money elsewhere. I do because I must in some cases. But I work hard to limit those cases.
I have not yet visited the new(ish) Farmers Market of the Ozarks. I’m not likely to go anytime soon. It’s a suburban amenity. If I spend money there, it’s a vote for placing such businesses outside the urban core. And I don’t go to the Greater Springfield Farmers Market for the same reason.
I do go to the C-Street Market on Commercial Street.
I’d rather walk, however, to one downtown. It’s time for Springfield to seriously consider the attractiveness of a permanent downtown market — especially as developers continue to build loft apartments (and student housing) and the population continues to grow.
Check out these 10 characteristics of successful city markets. Everyone of them could be reproduced downtown through an infill redevelopment project. Here’s a truncated list from the article:
- Full-day hours of operation — because people need food everyday all day, not just as few hours per week.
- Accessible, central location — because, well, obviously.
- Protection from the elements — because a market should be a comfortable hang-out, a destination.
- Affordable — most markets hereabouts seem to be.
- Food service and seating — again, think hang-out and destination.
- Integrated with public space — again, think hang-out and destination.
And go visit the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis. It meets all ten characteristics from the article. It’s a hang-out, a destination. How cool would that be here in #downtownSGF?