In Isthmus this week, former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz lays out in detail why he thinks Madison needs a year-round public market, and why it doesn’t have one yet. “Why not just go to Whole Foods or Metcalfe’s or Willy Street or another co-op?” he asks. “Because a public market is about the public. It’s not just a privately owned space in which to conduct commerce. It’s a publicly controlled space in which to conduct community.” That sounds lovely (and lofty), but he’s also very realistic about the need for a market to be economically viable. The piece is worth reading and thinking about, so check it out here.