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Interesting conversation with Executive Director of Ferry Plaza Market

Joan Kureczka | Jul 24, 200309:27 PM

Well, I was very favorably impressed to say the least to be contacted by the new executive director of the Ferry Plaza market this morning. This was in response to written comments I left at the market regarding plans to shuffle vendor locations. I and others had just barely gotten used to the new location and feared even more hassle from having to find everyone again. I also, like others, was growing to believe that the board was happy enough to see the larger crowds even if they lost the locals.

The truth of the matter is that they are also concerned about the increased stress, crowds, etc. and are going to try to do something about it now, to avoid even more fall-off by locals once the weather turns poor. They hired experts in flow design to redesign the configuration and to expand vendors along the current driveway into the area near Howard Street. She says the new design will greatly widen the aisles between the booths, opening this up and making it easier to get around. They developed an initial iteration and solicited comments from the vendors and are now in the process of completing the final plan. They also expect to be able to add a number of new small vendors over time, including a purveyor of raw milk (hum. must have their own testing labs and certification process).

I'm not sure when this all goes into effect, but sometime soon. We'll see what happens and if it helps, but I was at least pleasantly surprised with her responsiveness. She's only been on the job since June and was actually at the opening as a shopper not an employee so felt as many of us did about the problems.

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