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City Market should build on immigrant roots

July 3, 2010
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[In response to the June 14 editorial] The ambitious $4 million plan for a brighter, more compact market as a magnet for more customers is certainly exciting, but alas, it would still be a stand-alone venue! I would like to suggest that the 124-year-old landmark serve as an anchor for a broader vision of the near-east side.

Taking a page from the immigrant history of the market, why not create an international town around it? Indy has ethnic groups galore, so why not harness this diversity? The west quadrant is being demolished—why not replace it with a structure housing The International Center and a performing center for plays, shows and exhibition area for our diverse groups? The International Festival and parade could be held on the area. There are already ethnic restaurants along Delaware Street. Retail stores selling jewelry and clothing could be added both in the market and in storefronts.

As pointed out so importantly in your piece, the long-neglected Market Square [Arena] site is just around the corner. And wouldn’t a developer find the site more attractive if a new neighborhood would spring around it? Use might also be found for the old City Hall—another historic gem—which sits forlornly in the same area just waiting for rebirth!
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Georgia Buchanan

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