For those of you who don't normally read the River Cities' Reader, check out the article on the Freight House controversy in this week's issue.
Its remarkably fair and unbiased, especially considering the Reader's editorial take on things down at City Hall. Mr. Ignatius has quotes from users of the current farmer's market, who don't yet understand that this won't be replacing the current market, just adding to it. I especially like how he tries to explain that the main goal is not the public market idea as much as the surrounding development that would be based on the public market.
As I've said before, its just a different kind of incentive. I've tried to explain that the Freight House itself is just something that housing developers can use to attract the the kind of people who drool over things like the City Market in Kansas City. When folks start moving in down there so they can walk across the street and buy art, crafts, bean sprouts or whatever, more buildings will be renovated into apartments. When more residents appear, more commerce follows. Pretty soon we have two emerging residential areas downtown instead of just the Crescent District. I just wish we could get some kind of guarantee of new surrounding development before spending money on the Freight House.