Portland market takes different path

The proposed James Beard Public Market in Portland breaks the mold for public markets.

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Developers for the proposed James Beard Public Market in Portland are taking a unique route.

While most of the nation’s major public markets are located in historic buildings, developers in Portland are planning to build a new structure after efforts to lease space failed.

[Kelly Willams, assistant planner with the New York-based Project for Public Spaces], noted that of the 100 indoor public market halls in the United States, she is not aware of a single one that had a building constructed for it.

“When people come to us they usually have an existing space already in mind,” she said. “The reason is that people tend to use markets as a way to revitalize an area, not develop a new one…

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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