I wrote this paragraph about Eastern Market a couple of years ago. I recently took it out again as I thought about what may happen to our wonderful flea market.
“Eastern Market is the most interesting hub in the metropolitan area. Its unique meat, produce and flea market treasures create an ambience that keeps happy patrons coming back again and again. The market, which has been around since 1873, consists of a menagerie of independent and individual vendors who come together to make this atmosphere addictive. There is a bubble machine that will transform the most indifferent child into all smiles. The melodic sounds emanating from the saxophone Kalimba and bongo keep most patrons swaying and bouncing.”
The flea market section of Eastern Market is now in danger of being closed down and put into the hands of developers that have their own interests in mind. Patrons and other vendors alike have always opened their arms and their hearts to Street Sense vendors. The Eastern Market family has been there for me over and over again. Even during this heat wave their concern has been remarkable. They kept me with a supply of ice water, juices and this stuff called electrolytes. (smile) The least I can do is advocate for these great people who deserve a lot more than I can offer or give. Street Sense has given me a voice in our newspaper and my voice rings out to all eyes that can see and all ears that can hear:
SAVE OUR FLEA MARKET!
SAVE OUR FLEA MARKET TODAY!
SAVE OUR FLEA MARKET TOMORROW!
SAVE OUR FLEA MARKET FOREVER!