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Proposed ‘Philadelphia Arts Market’ gets big booster in Bob Brady

Powerbroker U.S. Rep. Bob Brady has agreed to help make the Philadelphia Arts Market, which we told you in September had been proposed for Broad and Washington, to become a reality.

For a little background, Elisabeth Garson, a South Philly-based freelance creative director who is spearheading the initiative, said the open-air market would operate from March to September on weekends with dozens of craft makers, a farmers market and flea market vendors, plus food trucks and a stage for area student and musical performances.

Her first choice is the lot on northeast corner of Broad and Washington, owned by New York-based Hudson Capital, but that is a long shot as Hudson has sat on it for several years. Second choice is the northwest corner, which is made up of two lots, one owned by the U.S. government and the other controlled by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

Could this be the future site of the Philadelphia Arts Market instead?

Could this northwest corner of B&W be the future site of the Philadelphia Arts Market instead?

Enter Bob Brady, whom Garson enlisted.

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