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St Patrick's Market (Queen St. W)

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I think the city has made at least a half dozen attempts to make use of this building without much success. Maybe it's time they sold it and let the private sector take a crack at it. Would make a great furniture store like CB2 or EQ3, etc.

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I'd really like it to stay a market. Obviously the city has done a poor job of managing it, but that's no reason to give up on the concept. They just need to find a better management company.
 
This is somewhat unrelated but I'd like to see Toronto have something like the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco along our waterfront.

Anyways, the Queen Street Market will inevitably be turned into another condo unless the city finds some use for it.
 
Is this city owned?

Not only is it City owned but it has a real name St Patrick's Market. First built in 1836, the current building dates from 1912. MODS: Maybe the thread title can be adjusted?

There was a Spacing article on at at http://spacingtoronto.ca/2008/07/15/this-ain’t-the-st-lawrence-market/

An 1845 picture here: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/...-5352&R=DC-PICTURES-R-5352&searchPageType=vrl

And a 2010 Now article here: http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=175013
 
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I'd love for it to stay as is and continue on as a market. I think it was the bloody cutest thing ever and always hung around there. Though, admittedly, sometimes for "nefarious" purposes.
 
Not only is it City owned but it has a real name St Patrick's Market. First built in 1836, the current building dates from 1912. MODS: Maybe the thread title can be adjusted?

There was a Spacing article on at at http://spacingtoronto.ca/2008/07/15/this-ain’t-the-st-lawrence-market/

An 1845 picture here: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/...-5352&R=DC-PICTURES-R-5352&searchPageType=vrl

And a 2010 Now article here: http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=175013

Thanks....I actually knew the name but did not know it was city owned.

Wonder if one of the downtown grocers would run a fresh food market as a satelite to their store here.........not quite a farmer's market but a compromise....they could stock it from their store...pay the city a nominal rent and generate some new sales from the very busy street traffic the area has.

The city wins as it preserves a lovely building and eases their cost of doing so.
 
I thought it was privately owned, and that the landlord was one of those obstinate types that basically bickered with all of the tenants until everyone left. Five years ago St. Patrick's was hopping.
 
I thought it was privately owned, and that the landlord was one of those obstinate types that basically bickered with all of the tenants until everyone left. Five years ago St. Patrick's was hopping.
Read the NOW article referenced above - apparently the City leased it for 50 years to someone, who may or may not be fulfilling the contract and who may or may not still have his lease, the NOW article is from 2010.
 
RE: city ownership,

I always wondered about this property. City ownership makes perfect sense as only the city could screw things up so badly for what would otherwise be a no-brainer property. On the other hand private ownership would give us: a condo townhouse in faux chateaux style, a kfc with stucco-ed facade, or a parking lot.
 
^What are you saying then? Public-private partnership would be the best way to avoid complete fuckups? :p
 
There's been only ONE tenant in there for at least a year now. The housekeeping outside is non-existent; a shame.
 

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