Public Markets Conference

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Cleveland’s West Side Market was selected to host the 8th International Public Markets Conference this September from the 21st to the 23rd (mark you calendar). 2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the West Side Market, and what a better way to celebrate than by hosting the International Public Markets Conference.

This historic land mark is the epicenter for the now burgeoning Ohio City neighborhood, a self-proclaimed artisan neighborhood, that is home to most famously Great Lakes Brewery. Great Lakes may hold the brand recognition but the West Side Market is a place much closer to the hearts of Clevelanders. It has been the backbone to this city and neighborhood for 100 years now and has seen Ohio City boom and bust countless times. Most recently, the growth that Ohio City has seen has been well thought out, well planned, and most importantly working by recognizing its true anchor in the neighborhood, the Market. Over the past number years there has been unprecedented growth around the market; another brewery (and distillery) now neighbors the West Side Market, a continuous six-acre urban farm is just a block away, a bike shop, trendy retail and craft stores, restaurants, and bars  – all have popped up largely because they have recognized that this neighborhood, Ohio City, has its identity forever intertwined with the existence of the West Side Market.

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