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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

*Nominee 

Crescent City Farmers Market

New Orleans

LA

USA

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 7, 2002
December 14, 2017

A gentle farmers' market made distinctive by its location: the walls of the parking lot are covered in beautiful full-scale murals of rural farming scenes.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Market website sums it up well: "There is a sweetness and a gentleness in this weekly activity. It's the closest we'll ever come to a village green. People catch up on the latest gossip with their friends, share family happenings, make new acquaintances." However, the gentleness is deceptive - those managing the market have tremendous energy and commitment; their promotions are imaginative and very well carried out. Locally-grown, seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as baked goods, Saturdays, 8am - noon.

Access & Linkages

It's downtown, so easily accessible. However, my memory of the market suggests that the site is otherwise lacking in vitality and retail activity

Comfort & Image

Despite all efforts, you feel as though you're in a parking lot. It's as though the surrounding neighborhoods have not yet recognised the power of the market and it's potential spin-off to the rest of the community. Some entrepreneur should be capitalising on the market and adding amenities to the area.

Uses & Activities

lots of cooking demonstrations, tastings, childrens activities, music, spinning etc.

Sociability

all ages mingle together

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History & Background

The Market was established by Richard McCarthy, Executive Director. Like so many markets, it is Richard's skills and enthusiasm that has been so crucial to its success. Richard also managed to gather a broad range of supporters: a partnership of farmers, citizens, business and governmental leaders, chefs, and nutrition advocates. The Market is a not-for-profit project of the ECOnomics Institute, housed at Loyola University's Twomey Center for Peace through Justice. The ECOnomics Institute seeks to initiate and promote ecologically-sound economic development in the Greater New Orleans region. Activities: lots of cooking demonstrations, tastings, childrens activities, music, spinning etc. Comfort: despite all efforts, you feel as though you're in a parking lot. It's as though the surrounding neighborhoods have not yet recognised the power of the market and it's potential spin-off to the rest of the community. Some entrepreneur should be capitalising on the market and adding amenities to the area. Access: it's in the downtown so easily accessible. However, my memory of the market suggests that the site is otherwise lacking in vitality and retail activity. Social: all ages mingle together

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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