Years ago you would be able to find curbside stands along portions of 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th Streets. Today, the little section on South 9th Street is what we have coined the ‘Italian Market‘. Even so, only half of the 160 stands are currently occupied. Restrictions on what and who can sell have remained in tact for years by the city of Philadelphia.
Finally a shed of light! Last month, a new legislation passed by City Council would transfer the management and rental duties from the city over to the South 9th Street Business Association. The overall look of 9th street wouldn’t change much, but who could rent and what could be sold will bring more diversity, youth and money. The wheeled curbside carts will remain a requirement to these street vendors.
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Vendors who currently own carts will be able to keep them while restrictions on the limit you may own has been lifted. The annual rent per stand will remain the same at $300 per year. Applications will be reviewed by a volunteer committee and determined on variety and quality. They will be viewed on a first come- first serve basis.
This change hopes to vitalize South Philadelphia and the Italian Market and how our community can thrive with local goods. If the Italian Market starts booming with craft and art vendors, you’ll find me there on the weekends. I mean what’s better than handmade art and fresh pasta?!
Recently, a new proposal was heard for the huge vacant lot that sits at Broad and Washington, on the edge of Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. Remember the days of tents and Cirque du Soleil? Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director started with a big idea last year. A large scale, outdoor food and flea market with music and activities from March through September.
This proposed project “The Philadelphia Arts Market”, will host craft and flea market vendors, Philly’s favorite food trucks, a stage for local musicians, designated fitness areas and more. The mission is to create weekend ‘must-do’ activities for locals and visitors. Businesses can become engaged through sponsorships and funding while this attraction will be targeting families, young and old. This space is to be viewed as a weekend hot spot making use of this abandoned, eye sore lot.
(Here’s a rendering from Passyunkpost.com)
Two alternate sites were mentioned in case this proposal is denied; one at Columbus and Reed and the other at Columbus and Oregon. Broad and Washington seem much more centralized that we are excited to follow this proposal. We hope to see this space transform into a weekend landmark for these neighborhoods. To view more information on Elisabeth and her proposal click here.
Over 80 food vendors, local bands, exhibits and activities. One night, one place. The South Street Night Market is back! Happening on Thursday August 15, from 6-10pm. Join in the fun with friends and neighbors at 5th and South Streets. Hosted by The Food Trust, they bring their mission to the streets. Partner hosts include South Street Headhouse District and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
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The Food Trust is focused on providing affordable and nutritious food and information to communities. This creates healthy decisions and healthy living. Founded 20 years ago, The Food Trust started in South Philadelphia working with Tasker Homes. Today they work with numerous schools, grocers and neighborhoods in over 25 states.
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So what is a night market? Basically a city street food festival showcasing Philly’s best authentic restaurants and food trucks. These night markets, inspired by Asian Street markets, started three years ago in East Passyunk. Since then, ten night markets have been held around the city with hundreds of local vendors in attendance. Drawing more than 100,000 people, they couldn’t help themselves when talk arose of South Street.