“Citizen Dave” on why Madison needs a public market

West Side Market

View from indoor balcony at West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 2, 2012. Photo by Terence Burlij/PBS NewsHour via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.


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