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Articles by Brandy H.M. Brooks

Lechmere Square Public Market: Preliminary Feasibility Study

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
By Brandy H.M. Brooks

Project Author : Brandy H. M. Brooks, Rappaport Institute Summer Public Policy Fellow

Project Supervisors

Susan Glazer, Acting Assistant City Manager for Community Development

Stuart Dash, Director of Community Planning

Contributing Staff

Cliff Cook, Project Planner/Planning Information Manager

Brendan Monroe, GIS Specialist

Pardis Saffari, Associate Planner

In the last year, a great deal of interest has arisen with regard
to creating a year-round public market in Lechmere Square.
Recognizing the enthusiasm from the East Cambridge community,
this report examines different public market models and offers an
assessment of Lechmere Square as a public market site.

Public markets can be used to support a wide variety of community
and economic development goals and are found in a broad range
of forms and scales of operation, making them adaptable to
communities and locations with vastly differing characteristics.
This diversity and flexibility has fostered a renewed interest in
public markets over the past few decades, as local governments,
nonprofit organizations and private corporations all rediscover
the benefits of this age-old commercial and cultural tradition.
Even with the distinctive assortment of public markets across
the country, there are still common themes of strong mission
and solid management that are shared by successful markets.
Good public markets develop a clear brand; representative and
responsive governing structures; and a management team that
smoothly handles the array of operational tasks to keep a market
running, from vendor relations and publicity to deliveries and
storage.

In Cambridge, there is a clear demand for locally-produced, highquality
food and other goods. The East Cambridge Planning
Team developed a thoughtful area plan for Lechmere Square that
included a public market concept. A year-round public market
could create opportunities for local businesses to gain exposure
to new customers and could also provide a venue for arts, culture,
education and community-building. 

For the full text of this article click here.

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