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What happened to Cincinnati’s once proud Sixth Street Market?

What happened to Cincinnati’s once proud Sixth Street Market?.

Everyone in Cincinnati knows about Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest farmers market, but the Queen City once boasted six such markets throughout the urban core. The last to go was the Sixth Street Market which was torn down in 1960. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Two market houses stood in the middle of Sixth Street. One sold meat, eggs and dairy; the other was a popular flower market. Along the curbs, the city leased 111 stands to sell fruits and vegetables of every kind. Young girls sold baskets and pretzels…Their end could be seen coming for a while. Downtown was undergoing urban renewal. Traffic needed an entrance to the Mill Creek Expressway, now known as Interstate 75.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.