Over the past eight years, the market has steadily declined. The rise in violent crime has left residents fearing for their safety and with the new city-imposed rent and fee hikes, independent merchants risk closing their doors for good. This is the crown jewel for Ward 12. We must act now to keep our market alive.
- Significantly increase security SEE MY CRIME AND SECURITY PLAN
- Keep ByWard local
- Work to repeal rent hikes and high fees imposed on merchants
- Expand revenue sources other than merchant fees (such as reinvesting profits from the public parking lot back into the market)
- Stop funding expensive studies: spend the money on making improvements based on merchant and resident feedback
- Increase foot traffic by closing off some streets to cars on weekends (in consultation with shop owners)
- Focus on building identity: find our unique value proposition, focus on product-market fit and collaborate on a shared vision that reflects our nation’s capital
- Work with conservation experts to restore the Market’s historic cache
- Explore the creation of a civic square
- More public washrooms
- Co-brand events with sponsors: more outdoor performances and family activities
- Better winter programming: skating rink, a tree-lighting ceremony similar to NYC’s Time Square and more outdoor hot food stand
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