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Dear New Farm,
After five years of struggle to overcome the stigma of shopping
in a ‘bad’ neighborhood, The Commercial Street Market
in uptown Springfield, Missouri, has partnered with nearby Drury
Universitys' School of Architecture Design-and-Build Class to construct
a permanent pavilion on the market site. The historic neighborhood
is beginning to see a comeback as retail and loft apartments bring
in a younger, upscale client base. The architect students must go
through the entire process, from design, permits, procurement of
materials, etc., through to the completed project in just one semester.
The addition of this pavilion at the base of the historic Jefferson
Street Footbridge will be a place for art shows and picnics as well
as an attractive place for vendors and customers alike.
Nearly 90 percent of the market customers are low income and elderly
who rely on WIC and FMNP coupons to buy fresh produce. Nutrition
education is a high priority of the market and its vendors. Student
interns work all season to come up with fun events that showcase
the produce that is in season and teach the customer how to prepare