This is an easy one, and is somewhat related to the previous two items on the Top 10 list: Downtown Denver needs a permanent farmer’s market. The once-a-week temporary markets we’ve had in Civic Center Park and elsewhere in Downtown over the years are better than nothing, but a permanent farmer’s market like Pike Place in Seattle would be a major positive addition to our Downtown scene. (Of course, Pike Place has a patina of authenticity that took decades to establish, but we could at least use it as a model and hope that, in time, ours could begin to offer the same vibe as Pike Place.)
An ideal permanent farmer’s market facility for Denver would include an enclosed interior corridor that would be lined with vendors throughout the year, as well as exterior-facing vendor spaces that would open on nice days any time of the year and allow the market to spill out onto a public plaza. Successful farmer’s markets serve as much as great public spaces as they do retail establishments.
Location is key. The top two places I’ve heard discussed is at Union Station (how about the ground floor of the proposed 16th & Wynkoop “wing” building?) or at Market Street Station once it’s redeveloped after RTD moves their bus terminal to Union Station. What do you think?
EDIT: Sorry, I meant to call this a “Public Market” (like Pike Place) since I envision it would sell meat and fish, flowers, wine, cheese, arts and crafts, etc. in addition to fruits and vegetables—which would allow it to remain open all year long.