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Old 01-16-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Yeah, that is big, particularly for a low building.

Anyway, last I knew there was still a lot of wholesaling going on, plus offices. But I got the impression the space was there for a bigger operation, if they had the money, so I am guessing it is a funding thing (although if Aaron knows better I wouldn't mind be corrected).

It is partially a funding thing...although the costs have more to do with making modifications to the building. There are problems with ventilation systems (a complete lack of) inside the building that is stopping them from building full kitchens. And they don't want to do major renovations to the space until they know for sure that they will be staying put there.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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That makes sense, so hopefully it is a big success and they can afford to expand and renovate.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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In order for the Market House to succeed, a key part should be with getting word out to the various ethnic communities, local farmers and bakers. Let's hope this is done properly and is successful.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Philly
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FWIW, Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market Home has a similar story to Pike Place, once run down and left for dead, the place is, today, bursting at the seams. In some ways, it's more comparable than Seattle since they have both the reading terminal and 9th St. Italian Market Philadelphia, PA which is similar to the strip, both are successful. Of course the answer to the original question may be too obvious
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1794: Market Square, or the "Diamond," is part of the original plan of lots and streets laid out by George Woods and Thomas Vickroy, surveyors from Philadelphia. ...
Mid-1910s: The Diamond Market is constructed, and for the first time, Diamond Street passes through the Square and intersects with Market Street. The Diamond Market occupies all four quadrants and has a roller skating rink on the top floor.
Downtown Pittsburgh | Market Square | History & Uses
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Definition: Town square. Pittsburgh's "Diamond" was the square around the old city market (now Market Square). Diamond Street still leads to this square.
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Pittsburgh Speech & Society (http://english.cmu.edu/pittsburghspeech/dictionary.html - broken link)

not to knock the new market in the strip at all, but I don't think it would be a bad thing if a public market opened downtown catering to office workers during the day and residents on saturdays to start. it's all about the vendor mix. I think there's room for public markets as you usually get something you don't at a supermarket. good public markets cater to low end, high end, and can provide excellent access to local foods.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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A public market Downtown would indeed be a cool idea, and I think the residential base is getting there.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: city of pittsburgh
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Brian - i have enjoyed your posts for some time. it sounds like you are an urbanite who cares about the place beyond just the issues of taxation and the price of your home.

in which municipality do you live? do you work for a public office? im just curious because you have a lot of information at your fingertips, it appears.

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Old 01-24-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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Brian . . . in which municipality do you live? do you work for a public office? im just curious because you have a lot of information at your fingertips, it appears.
I live in Wilkinsburg, in the Regent Square part. I'm not a public official--the information just comes from tracking various local bloggers and bulletin boards and such, plus doing some independent reading/research (I'm fast with Google).
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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A public market Downtown would indeed be a cool idea, and I think the residential base is getting there.
I think Market Square would be a cool place for a flea market.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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I know they were doing a farmer's market in Market Square, but with the new layout I don't see why they couldn't expand that to do a nice flea market as well.
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