Boston Trying To Play Catch-Up
Boston hasn't had a public market since the 1950s when Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market fell so deep into disrepair that the federal government threatened to close them, forcing many vendors to relocate. Now, according to an article in yesterday's Boston Globe, city officials are hoping to turn the ground level of a vacant five-story parking garage and office complex owned by the Mass Turnpike Authority into one. Boston, the article notes, is one of the largest cities in the country without a public market. The article cites the Reading Terminal, along with Seattle's Pike Place, as "highly successful attractions that provide a unique window into the culture of those cities. "