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‘The Philadelphia Arts Market’ proposed for huge Broad and Washington lot

A massive outdoor food and flea market combined with an events space has been proposed for the huge eyesore of a vacant lot on the northeast corner of Broad and Washington, where Cirque du Soleil used to set up.

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The South Broad Street Neighbors Association will hear a proposal for The Philadelphia Arts Market tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Methodist Hospital, 2301 S. Broad St., in the Morgan Conference Room on the basement level. To be clear, this project is in its infancy and not a done deal.

The market, which would operate on weekends from March to September, would “feature dozens of craft makers, farmers market and flea market vendors, the city’s best food trucks, and a stage for area student and musical performances (School of Rock, University of the Arts etc).”

Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director who is spearheading the initiative, said the proposal would also include space for city Rec Department programming, outdoor yoga, a kids corner, and business sponsored tents.

Schematic of the setup

Schematic of the setup

Garson said she has submitted the proposal to owner Hudson River Capital, which she said is not opposed to the idea. That must mean Hudson has no immediate plans to develop the land, so this proposal sounds like a fantastic stop-gap measure.

The proposal included two alternate sites in case Hudson balks, both on Columbus Boulevard, one at Reed Street and the other at Oregon Avenue. Garson noted that market hopes to eventually own a permanent space that would eventually include indoor vending spaces.

To see most of the proposal (a large pdf), click here: PhilaArtsMarket1

This could be pretty great, don’t you think?


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24 Responses to ‘The Philadelphia Arts Market’ proposed for huge Broad and Washington lot

  1. JC September 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #


  2. Adam September 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    This would be wonderful!

  3. Ian T. September 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    This would be great, as long as they screen for the usual Philly flea market salespeople hawking old packages of adult diapers, deodorant, and expired Tastykakes.

  4. stacey wright September 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Awesome idea very interested in seeing this brought to life!!

  5. Sara September 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    There is already a small market that opened this year that is trying to get this big I hear…

    It’s a great little market with a nice mix! I hope it takes off too

  6. Elisabeth September 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Hey guys — thanks for the good words. This has been a labor of love so far and I need to say that the city has been incredibly supportive and encouraging. Every positive comment is like food for this project. If you want to get in touch with me, you can find my contact info on my website.

  7. Dave S. September 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    How about some parking?

    • elisabeth September 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      I’m talking to the city about parking across the street in the School of Rock lot.

    • TM September 17, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      take the freaking Broad St line. there’s enough traffic/parking problems in South Philly.

      • TM September 17, 2013 at 8:25 am #

        more space for parking/cars means less space for cool stuff.

    • Anthony Z. September 17, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      How about taking the subway. There’s ample enough parking in the city, and this project doesn’t need to be hampered by exaggerated parking fears.

  8. Jillian September 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm #


  9. Justin September 17, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    I’ve always envisioned a nice park there, but I’ll be happy with anything that isn’t a Dranoff eyesore.

  10. Justin September 17, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Also, folks: THE ROCK SCHOOL IS NOT THE SCHOOL OF ROCK. Confusing, I know. But fact.

  11. AnthonyG September 17, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    @Dave: Look at your open hand, no slam it, as hard as you can, on your face.

    Now, re-think your “paking concerns”.

  12. marc September 17, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Sounds great however you mention this to be the only arts market if its kind in Philadelphia and it is not. between the brookln flea, PHAIR, clover, etc, and weekend markets all over the city, there are many venues for young artisans to particpate in. What is going to be different here?

    • elisabeth September 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Hey Marc — the whole concept is different. It’s not a flea market or a craft market or a concert venue or an antiques market or a kids playground or any one thing. The idea here is that it’s an outdoor market with events, concerts, outdoor programming (yoga), interactive art displays, a kid’s corner, and possibly an interactive beer tent and vendors. If you look at the diagram you’ll see why it’s different.

  13. NEMESIS September 17, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Is this really the best use of this space? A seasonal weekend only flea market? I like the idea just not for this location.

    • elisabeth September 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Hey Nemesis – If the city supports it and the owners allow it, this will only be done until the space is sold. It’s not a permanent fixture. It’s just cleaning up the lot and doing something cool until it becomes something else.

      • Lee September 18, 2013 at 8:37 am #

        I think its important that it is clear that this is not permanent. That lot is zoned for something much larger and should be utilized as such. What I envision happening if this neat concept happens is massive public outcry when somebody does decide to then build on that lot.

  14. Jeff Jones September 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    As a homeowner in the immediate area I would welcome this!

  15. Stephanie S. Cohen September 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    A garden. A place where people can go to learn about food, nutrition and health. A place where families can go together to garden, cook and come together as a community to help one another, learn together and grow together. Allow people to work there in exchange for healthy fruits, vegetables and other organic, healthy options.

  16. Maria September 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Finally someone with VISION!

  17. Joseph September 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Would definitely make the trip from Jersey for this.

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