A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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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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Mar Vista Farmers Market

Los Angeles

California

USA

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
April 24, 2015
December 14, 2017

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Mar Vista Farmers Market prides itself on being a sustainable marketplace that not only offers healthy food options but also strengthens neighborly ties among Mar Vistans. Often referred to as the neighborhood’s temporary town square, the market brings the community together at events centered around sustainable practices like water and energy conservation. Although these events attract a sizable crowd every Sunday, the market never gets overcrowded, and maintains a laidback atmosphere all day. Many visitors stay until closing time as they sit and enjoy live music performances in the sun, or simply people-watch from dining areas set up in the market. Mar Vista Farmers Market has had a tremendous impact on the local community by providing a comfortable and accessible place to gather on weekends, and promoting a shared vision of a greener and more sustainable future.

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History & Background

Considered by locals to be the best market in West Los Angeles, Mar Vista Farmers Market is open year round, every Sunday, from 9am to 2pm. Since its official opening in 2006, the open air community marketplace has become a rich source of fresh, direct-marketed produce for residents of Mar Vista, as well as other Los Angelenos. Starting at the intersection of Grand View Avenue and Venice Boulevard, two blocks of traffic are shut down weekly to make way for the market. With a wide variety of goods including fresh produce, prepared food, and arts and crafts, visitors from all over the city have made their trips to the market an important weekly routine.

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Website: http://www.marvistafarmersmarket.org/

Twitter: @MarVistaFarmers

Facebook: Mar Vista Farmers Market

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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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