The St. Lawrence Market area is already a significant tourist attraction. A redeveloped North
Market building that has the dual civic functions of a public market and a court house would
greatly contribute to this area as a destination place.
I don't have a problem with ye old market as long as they do it right. Aren't they proposing to rebuild what was there at one time? I always thought that this area could be our version of Boston's Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market (which by the way, has the best food court in the world).
Faux can be done well, although often it's not. If there's a spot where faux is appropriate, it's there. Anyway, I thought the building was redesigned making it more contemporary... am I imagining this?
Boldly stealing the proportions and the essence of the design of the St.Lawrence Hall immediately to the north - and doing something contemporary and complementary - is a perfectly workable solution. It might also be faced in the same stone, if it is still available. Uninspiring faux copyism isn't the only way to blend in.
This may be logistically insane, but would a pedestrian square or commons on Front St. between the two halls be a good idea? I can't really picture traffic flow around there but maybe Jarvis and Church could serve as north/south arteries to divert the east/west traffic along Front and Wellington around the square? It might be somewhat derivative of Faneuil Hall but you can never have enough open, public areas like this downtown, especially as the city's population and density continues to grow so rapidly.