There’s a spot in my city where there’s been a market for about 150 years, although the building itself has been burned, torn down, and rebuilt in different ways during that time.
It recently underwent a major rebuild, and like you always see in urban projects, there was debate between backers of the old and new. What to do when the past is literally unsustainable, and you’re confronted with leaking roofs and failing wiring? It’s something that gets debated over and over all over, in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia….
I think this particular new/old market is a decent approach, although the final test is when people vote with their feet.
The new exterior actually looks less modern than the previous one, which was very much in the 1960s/70s pure utilitarian mode. There are exposed metal girders and roofing which is as much decorative as functional.
Parts of the exterior have also been decorated with murals like this.
The inside has been rebuilt too, with brand new flooring that replaced the old deteriorating concrete, and more natural light comes in through new windows. But there are nods to the look of the building 40-50 years ago, such as this neonesque sign.
Above it looms the concession to modern times, though — the giant screen, which fortunately is muted.
In addition to the food stands shown above, there are other vendors.
But the thing that got me really excited was the return of the old fish stand. Check out that baccala!
There are filets, but also lots of whole fish which they will scale, clean and cut into filets or steaks. Bass, snapper, flounder, whiting, even shad.
I got a bass, and instead of sending it to the Bassomatic I had it fileted. Look at these beauties!