Downtown and Farmers Market

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Old Man

Johnson City, TN

#1 Aug 20, 2014
Just finished reading articles in the Press on Downtown Flooding and another on the Farmers Market.
First the storm this morning was a vey short lasting one and passed through very fast. The article showed that Downtown was Flooded. What happened to the multi million dollar flood control work done ? Guess it is time to spend a few more Million on a area not worth saving, except the property belongs to the Old Money Family's. There has already been too much money wasted on this, for a chosen few.
Next is the ridiculous idea of spending ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO TWO AND A HALF MILLION on Wilson Ave. to Create
a FARMER MARKET. Wilson Ave. from end to end is not worth that much money !!!
A farmers Market in most all Cities is the blocking off of a street or using a vacant lot and letting Farmers bring in their produce for sale as a way of helping their residents If you get greedy and start trying t charge the sellers it becomes unprofitable for them and who loses ?
The Citizens ! We have seen Commissioners come and go, carry through with this "Harebrained Idea" and yes some of your wealthy buddies may make a lot of money, but you will be voted out of Office.
What is wrong with blocking off the 100 block of West Main St. and using it. We the Taxpayers sure have spent enough in Tax Dollars to see it used for that. I personally like Red Tomatoes better than Blue Plums anyway.
New Farmers Market

Johnson City, TN

#2 Aug 20, 2014
I am very excited about the new farmer's market. I try to go every Saturday and they have long outgrown their cramped location and parking. With about 30 or 40 vendors a new covered area will be great. I would much rather but local fresh produce and help out local people, than purchase it at the grocery store chain.
Do it

Bear Creek, NC

#3 Aug 20, 2014
Old Man wrote:
Just finished reading articles in the Press on Downtown Flooding and another on the Farmers Market.
First the storm this morning was a vey short lasting one and passed through very fast. The article showed that Downtown was Flooded. What happened to the multi million dollar flood control work done ? Guess it is time to spend a few more Million on a area not worth saving, except the property belongs to the Old Money Family's. There has already been too much money wasted on this, for a chosen few.
Next is the ridiculous idea of spending ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO TWO AND A HALF MILLION on Wilson Ave. to Create
a FARMER MARKET. Wilson Ave. from end to end is not worth that much money !!!
A farmers Market in most all Cities is the blocking off of a street or using a vacant lot and letting Farmers bring in their produce for sale as a way of helping their residents If you get greedy and start trying t charge the sellers it becomes unprofitable for them and who loses ?
The Citizens ! We have seen Commissioners come and go, carry through with this "Harebrained Idea" and yes some of your wealthy buddies may make a lot of money, but you will be voted out of Office.
What is wrong with blocking off the 100 block of West Main St. and using it. We the Taxpayers sure have spent enough in Tax Dollars to see it used for that. I personally like Red Tomatoes better than Blue Plums anyway.
You should call Phil Pindzola. He is the cause. He should answer. He won't tho. He is not a leader in any way. Makes over $100k. You should speak your mind. Ask why all the traffic signals are mistimed also. Is there anything he can actually do?,,,,,honest work that is. You can tell a man based on how he treats his children. Enuff said.
WormyChestnut

Kingsport, TN

#4 Aug 20, 2014
New Farmers Market wrote:
I am very excited about the new farmer's market. I try to go every Saturday and they have long outgrown their cramped location and parking. With about 30 or 40 vendors a new covered area will be great. I would much rather but local fresh produce and help out local people, than purchase it at the grocery store chain.
I like the idea of a large Farmers Market. These things draw people form both the local area and others and that's good for local businesses. Competition against the grocery stores is a good thing, but not enough to hurt their business. While most of the Farmers Market vendors are local, some sellers truck produce up from Florida, and South Carolina. That's OK too, since the prices and quality are usually excellent.
Old Man

Johnson City, TN

#5 Aug 21, 2014
New Farmers Market and Wormy Chestnuts,
I agree a larger area would be nice and there are lots of areas that could be utilized at little or no cost to taxpayers. If millions of dollars are spent to build such a venue then the tax increases, cost to people to sit up and sell will more than offset the savings to us the consumers. We end up the losers all the way around Who gains ? The owners of that worthless property on Wilson Ave. They could block off Main St. they do it for everything else ?
Concerned

Hillsboro, TN

#6 Aug 21, 2014
Everyone keeps saying block off Main Street. No one seems to realize that every time that this is done the businesses located there lose money.
Rose

Johnson City, TN

#7 Aug 21, 2014
Concerned wrote:
Everyone keeps saying block off Main Street. No one seems to realize that every time that this is done the businesses located there lose money.
I agree. There needs to be a more permanent location than blocking streets two days a week. I'm not familiar with the dynamics of who sold property at new location, but it is much needed.
Pop

Topton, NC

#8 Aug 21, 2014
Rose wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. There needs to be a more permanent location than blocking streets two days a week. I'm not familiar with the dynamics of who sold property at new location, but it is much needed.
Agree
WormyChestnut

Kingsport, TN

#9 Aug 21, 2014
Rose wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. There needs to be a more permanent location than blocking streets two days a week. I'm not familiar with the dynamics of who sold property at new location, but it is much needed.
Maybe I am misinformed, but isn't making a larger full time Farmers' Market without closing down streets the plan? Sure somebody besides the farmers is going to get a big cut of the money, that being mostly from the sale of property, but that's business. From what little I can gather it is going to be a huge market and that in itself sounds good.
Guest

Johnson City, TN

#10 Sep 15, 2014
The city already owns the property

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