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Our view: Bring on the markets, the town needs them
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Our view: Bring on the markets, the town needs them

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We’re rooting for the only game in town.

Yes, with virtually every public event canceled this summer, we’re hoping that the Kenosha HarborMarket — and even a second downtown market — open as announced on June 27.

We’re fans and supporters of markets in normal times. In this extraordinary time, with coronavirus concerns still front and center, we realize the markets are the only game in town this summer.

And the town needs them.

We continue to wonder why residents can’t bring their chairs like every Kenosha summer and listen to concerts, keeping space between families.

But that ship has sailed, apparently. Everything’s been canceled one by one, the latest being the Kenosha Pops Band’s season and the harborside Peanut Butter & Jam concerts.

So we’re left with the hope that the markets can make it work every Saturday starting later this month.

Ray Forgianni, president of the HarborMarket board, said they are planning social distancing and safety precautions.

HarborMarket is blessed with space to work with, and of course it’s a known favorite of Kenosha residents and visitors.

A Saturday at the market can lead to shopping and lunch downtown in normal times. In these times downtown needs the boost that the bustling market can provide.

Another market, proposed by Michael McTernan, plans to set up shop at Veterans Memorial Park and other nearby city-owned land. Called Kenosha Public Market, it has presented a plan for up to 60 vendors.

Can Kenosha support three markets on Saturdays? There’s the small but popular farmers’ market at Columbus Park, along with HarborMarket and now Public Market downtown.

Customers and vendors will decide that, as was pointed out at a recent council committee meeting.

We say bring them on.

In this summer of continued coronavirus concerns, “See you at the market” will be a something we can look forward to each and every Saturday.



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