Midtown Market Blog
Unfortunately, I was out of town this weekend and I was unavailable to see the Midtown Market in action. My only option was to swing by it at a time when nothing was happening. A lone sign was the only thing that alluded to a market of any kind, and it sat against a dilapidated fence that I assume contains the market. Despite being fenced and contained I know that a fense could not contain the energy this market must create. Truly, the energy must burst out into the surrounding neighborhoods. I know that this market must create so much energy due to bustling people, loud vendors, and of course a large amount of cultural diversity.
Despite what "I know," or maybe better put, what "I hope," I must write based on what I see now, and what I see now is almost depressing.
What I see now is a energy, or actually a lack thereof. At this time, what once was a market is now an old, run-down parking lot with nothing more than a few broken basketball hoops and other old playground equipment. This "market" has an almost institutional like atmosphere. If their is energy coming from this area, I would describe it as a negative energy. I hope that the Midtown Market brings as much energy as I talked about earlier, and if it does I believe more things like it need to be done to utilize this space more often to bring in more postive energy. Also, this is a school and learning environment, and unfortunately it does not seem to be a very good learning environment. By bringing more things like the market to this parking lot I believe we can brighten up a school and neighborhood. This simple parking lot has so much potential for an abundance of positive energy. Now, all we must do is utilize it.