There are so many good ideas out there on how to improve our city. Urban Scale Richmond has posted a proposal for the Market at 17th Street taken from a master’s thesis presented in the spring of last year at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture with the title, “Politics and Commerce: The Architectural Rhetoric of the Market Hall.” It is very thorough and would be an amazing addition to the city. Give it a read and ignore if you will the obstacles, such as privately held land and government inertia.
The project will consist of a produce market and common hall for civic and cultural purposes and a resale market linked by a piazza that would serve the multiple purposes of deliveries, public entertainment, and strolling. The current night-time activities around the market will be accommodated within the market hall and piazza. The open areas will provide room for the crowds of revelers and an ordered context for the common life.
Anybody want to bet that the city pays a lot of money for a study when they could just look at this one right here?