Comment 109566

By hshields (registered) - website | Posted February 23, 2015 at 12:35:08 in reply to Comment 109286

Good point! The parking issue is a red herring. There is LOTS of parking everywhere you look. I live in the lower city and still drive to the market on weekends and I've never used the York parkade. I typically park in the underground Jackson Square lots (which there is always room). My reason for this is I want to also stroll Jackson Square, check out Nations and do some banking. Plus, with my 4 year old I'm not having to cross York blvd.

I'm then faced with a disappointing layout of the market. The York blvd. section is just dead space. The Samosa stall is an island, cut off from the rest of the market and cut off from the street because of the glass. It's like going into a quarantine area - not a good vibe when you're trying to sell food.

The market in the lower half has office space instead of stalls, it has a food court with few ready-made food vendors surrounding it. It has a community kitchen that may be used occasionally but, for the majority of the time, is dead space. It's just a very odd set up and doesn't encourage flow.

Markets are never going to compete with comprehensive supermarkets, and they shouldn't. Markets are best when they focus on those services and products supermarkets can't - unique ready-made meals, local or fresh produce and artisanal products you can't get anywhere else. Is the Hamilton market doing well by those standards?

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