The Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency is considering a public market at Fairpark. The market would make would be part of a redevelopment project along North Temple. Cara Lindsley and Richard Holman joined Good Morning Utah to talke about the project.
Included below are some of the topics of their conversation:
First off, what is a public market?
- A public market can take many shapes and forms, but they all share the following qualities: 1) they operate in a public space, 2) have community benefits, and 3) serve locally owned and operated businesses · Examples of well-known current public markets include: Pike Place Market (Seattle); Eastern Market (Detroit); and Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market (Pennsylvania)
Does our capital city currently have any markets like this?
- There are several farmers markets that operate in Salt Lake City, and farmers markets are a type of public market
- A year-round market with a permanent home at the Fairpark would be different than a farmer’s market, and the first-of-its-kind for Salt Lake City
Why would a market like this be good for our capital city?
- A market that is in place all year – with infrastructure built around it – has the capacity to anchor a neighborhood more so than a transient market that has to be set up and taken down every week/month
- Public markets bring people together, cultures together, and communities together
- People like markets for the people, as much as for the products
- It will also help strengthen the local economy in that it provides an affordable forum for business start-ups, opportunities for residents, and keeps money “local”
- The Redevelopment Agency is committed to helping the community figure where within Salt Lake City a market like this could be possible, and the most desired
Which is why you’re looking at the Fairpark, right? Why would the Fairpark be a good location?
- The West Side is really due, and really ripe for something like this
- Historic buildings that could be considered for such a market are already in place
- Near a TRAX transit line
- Activation brings activation – and markets have been proven activators for thousands of years
- There are so many interesting communities that could participate in such a market
How can people get involved in this discussion?
- Take our online survey by tomorrow night (Friday, May 10)
- Drop by our public open house next Thursday, May 16 any time between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Fairpark’s Zion Building (155 North 1000 West)
- There will be conceptual drawings and plans created with the help of a steering committee and the planning, design and economic experts who have been part of the study
- And ample opportunity to share your thoughts on bringing a public market to the Fairpark
- To take the survey and for more information on the open house, visit www.slcrda.com/publicmarket