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Perhaps the quintessential public market and market district, the vitality, attractiveness, and economic success of this place are a beacon in Seattle (and for market boosters across the country).
The multi-level market consists primarily of fish and produce stalls, but also features over 200 unique non-food shops selling value-added goods, including galleries for both fine art and local crafts. The lower levels are full of small shops, and they provide a welcomed respite for shoppers and a place to sit away from the busy main area. A large sign and clock on the roof are distinguishing landmark features, and an information booth at the market’s entrance offers maps and pamphlets to help orient visitors.
Pike Place is now the center of a strong neighborhood community that provides homes for nearly 500 residents. It is also a central meeting point for Seattleites, bringing them together from the city’s far-flung districts and suburbs. The surrounding neighborhood is pedestrian friendly, and the market is easily accessible by public transit, bike, ferry, and car.
Pike Place Market has hosted two International Public Markets Conferences in 1987 and in 1998.
One of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the United States, Pike Place Market was founded in 1907 as a city-sponsored experiment to help local farmers sell their produce directly to consumers. The market was an immediate success, soon expanding with more stalls and permanent structures. After narrowly avoiding demolition in the 1970s, Pike Place is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seattle, serving over 10 million visitors per year. Its series of indoor and outdoor spaces is laid out over nine acres.
*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.