|Mercado Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota|
After wandering through Mercado Central and listening to my husband talk about how great it would be to have a local butcher shop in the neighborhood (he loves to BBQ) we decided to venture down to Midtown Global Market. This indoor multi-cultural market was much bigger than Mercado Central and sits on a site just off of Lake Street that also includes professional offices and residential housing in a 10+ story building. The market area in this building is located on a portion of the first floor.
|Midtown Exchange Building (the historic Sears Factory Building) |
The Midtown Global Market is located on a portion of the lower floor. This building also includes professional offices and residential units.
My friend, disappointed that her favorite tamale vendor was no longer at Mercado Central, was happy to discover that they had moved into Midtown Global Market. This provided a much bigger space and an opportunity for this eatery to offer more menu items. It was nice to see that this was an opportunity for the vendor at Mercado Central to move into a bit larger vendor area at Midtown Global, and keep their business within the existing community. We had a great time visiting both markets in the Midtown area of Minneapolis. It made me wonder, could Foster have both a Latino and multi-cultural market? Similar to the Midtown Exchange building (but not as big) that houses the Global Market we also have a historic building (The Phoenix Pharmacy Building at 67th and Foster) that is looking to be brought back to life. I can see the many opportunities that the Portland Mercado could spur along Foster Road that would not only benefit our surrounding neighborhoods but our entire city! In the next few months we will be hearing from Portland Mercado Project Manager about funding for the project – it would be great to see a project such as this take root.
If you have any questions or would like to see a few more photos, feel free to email me. Erika Palmer-Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Portland Mercado Project please visit: http://portlandmercado.com/
For more information about the Phoenix Building please visit: http://fosterthephoenix.com/
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