CHICAGO (CBS) — Business owners in the city’s trendy Fulton Market area were urging the Emanuel administration to drop plans to designate the district as a city landmark, and turn the wholesale market into a tourist-oriented farmers market like Pike Place in Seattle.
“It’s literally like comparing apples to sides of beef. Pike’s Place market was a retail farmers market for decades before it received its historic designation,” said Melissa Otte, a board member of the Randolph/Fulton Market Association. “What we have here in Chicago, on the Fulton Street and on Randolph, is a concentration of wholesale food operators and manufacturers who are here because we are close to downtown, and major expressways.”READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
Otte and her fellow merchants want Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to withdraw the proposed landmark designation for the Fulton-Randolph Market District.