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: COVID-19 In Illinois: Full List Of Mass Vaccination Sites With More To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
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.