Eastern Market to stay or go?

Eastern Market a public farmer’s market located on 7th street SE in Washington, DC. The market first opened its doors in 1873 and is today considered an historical landmark. In 2007 the building suffered a terrible fire, thus closing it’s doors for sometime, but no one forgot about the market. In June of 2009 when the market reopened its doors they received double the numbers of people than their previous years outcomes.

The building it’s self is open 7 days a week 7am-5pm. However there is more to the market than just this historical building, for 30 years now the market has been home to flea market vendors, and food vendors to supply us all.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm artists from all around the area gather on this 38,000-foot square lot to share their work with the Capitol Hill residents. Are flea markets a dying way? Some say yes, others at the market say no as said by Tammi Price, “people come here every weekend just to shop and view the art work, our sons and daughters have been coming here since they were born”. Although most of the DC residents wish for the flea market to stay alive, others see the market differently. In an article posted September 1, 2012 on the Flea Market at Eastern Market’s website it was stated that a development proposal has been released for a Junior High School to be built titled Hine Junior High School. This development proposal for Hine Junior High School will go before the DC Zoning Board on June 14, 2013. If this proposal is approved by the DC Zoning Board this will eliminate the 38,000-foot square lot leaving all these vendors homeless. Not only will it leave many vendors with no where to go, but many will no longer be able to create income off of their art work or vendor. As stated by fellow vendor Doug Cochrane, “I’m a vendor who depends on this market for a significant part of my income that helps me support my family, that includes two school age children”.

Not only thinking about the families of the vendors, now there will be less outcome to the market thus pushing the building into isolation. It is estimated that around 15,000 civilians visit the market on a daily, or weekend basis. Without that 15,000 attendance on a weekend basis there will be less income for the Market. If you’re one of the many people who support the market, visit www.change.org to sign the Save the Flea Market at Eastern Market petition.


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