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Friday, December 11, 2009

How can Findlay Market drive additional traffic?

Findlay Market is looking for ideas on ways in which the historic market can be improved to drive additional traffic. To voice your opinion please visit Iron Bridge and vote on the poll on the right-hand side of the page.

Findlay Market has been experiencing a resurgence lately with increased traffic and vendors, but problems still exist. Access can be difficult for some, weekday operations remain slower than desired, evening hours are still limited, and marketing has been a challenge when working with such a diverse group of vendors.

As the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood continues to repopulate itsef, and as interest continues to grow in buying local goods from local merchants, the market's future appears to be bright. Innovative ideas and suggesstions will help Findlay Market move into the next stage of its long life with a renewed energy and spirit.

How can Findlay Market drive additional traffic? VOTE HERE!


Nick said...

You know what would be nice? If they got rid of the ugly, ugly blacktop and put it nice bricks or cobblestone walkways.

It would do two things: 1. class the place up even more, and 2. would make people walk more attentively by slowing them down a bit.

Is it expensive? Yeah, sure. But if you do something, do it right.

My $.02

Ron Tunning said...

As with all retail enterprises, the key to success is location, location, location.

Currently, the Findlay Market suffers from its site in the heart of what most metropolitan area residents still view as the area's largest "slum neighborhood". That, of course, is changing as Over-the-Rhine is experiencing an enormous influx of investment and a gentrification of its residential population.

The Findlay Market's future success can be guaranteed with the development of the Cincinnati Streetcar, which would connect the site not only to downtown's growing residential population, but also to the burgeoning population in the Uptown area.

What's critical is that the market continue to serve not only the immediate residential market, but also the needs of other urban neighborhoods, with unique products and services, and a heavy focus on locally or regionally produced agricultural products.

Quimbob said...

Evening hours & shops would put more eyeballs on the street for a longer period of the day.
I worked in the area for decades & I don't recall the market ever marketing to the workers in the area. While the residential population is low the daytime working population is not nearly as low.

5chw4r7z said...

How about tearing a page out of Fountain Square's book and have some programing. Attract people there for entertainment, just seems like saying come here for meat and produce isn't enough.

Leiflet said...

You know... I want to feel really good about this, but when the largest vote is "Expand to Suburbs", it's really discouraging.

It might as well just say "Screw Over the Rhine." Signed, 25%.

Leiflet said...

Oh right, so my positive comment would be-- start demolishing the blight around the area. There are a lot of eyesores, and it would be nice to see some huge open green spaces where people could hang out, enjoy a picnic, and spend time.

That way, people wouldn't be so inclined to go shopping and leave.

I wish Cincinnati would quit trying to fill every building. There aren't enough people/businesses. Why not match the pace of the city a bit more, and slow down, weed out ugly buildings, and start planting more trees? Green spaces go a long way...

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