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NewBo City Market

The NewBo City Market has helped Cedar Rapids recover from disaster.
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Location
Cedar Rapids
Iowa
USA
Completed
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2010
Client
Partner
Cedar Rapids City Market, Inc.
Services

Public Market Services

Place Evaluation & User Analysis

Programming

About

In 2008, Cedar Rapids was hit with a massive flood that devastated 10-square-miles of the city's downtown. After the disaster, a group of concerned citizens asked Project for Public Spaces to help create a new public market to bring the city's core back to life and create a regional destination.

To begin, Project for Public Spaces conducted an in-depth market analysis of the local food scene and hosted informational meetings to gather insight from potential vendors. Broader community engagement enabled Project for Public Spaces to produce a program of year-round activities sustained by community buy-in. To support site selection, the team developed a detailed set of criteria that included both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The year-round public market opened in 2012 at a former warehouse site and is the cornerstone of the flood-impacted NewBo neighborhood. This $4.25 million project's centerpiece is the Rotary Hall, which features over 20 permanent tenants, space for temporary food and high-end craft vendors, an event space, a commercial kitchen, and a wholesale distribution space. An outdoor area complements the indoor market with room for over 150 seasonal vendors and other activities. The NewBo City Market has created a central meeting place for downtown Cedar Rapids and has led to its neighborhood revitalization.

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Public Market Services

Place Evaluation & User Analysis

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