Economic development, medieval style

You know…sometimes it is just that simple.  If we want to nurture economic activity, then we should provide habitats for that to take place.  Ebay will never replace face to face transactions.  Shouldn’t cities provide basic spaces for sellers and buyers to come together?  This is Old Market in Dartmouth.  Can’t get much more basic.  Yet, the market is open only on Tuesdays and Fridays.  I never understand why markets can’t be utilized at least 6 days a week.   Why not?  Why let any potentially productive space in a city go un-utilized?

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And when providing such a space, it is vital to also include permanent spaces for the businesses that grow a little.  Nothing too large or fancy.  Below, there are 5 small spaces- each about 150 square feet plus a larger one on the right that is the kitchen area for a community center.

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Love the human powered transport above.  And when building such spaces, don’t forget the urban artisan – lovely pavement pattern.

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