Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize & learn

In the late 1990s, Rotterdam’s central outdoor market was in serious decline. With the increasing dominance of supermarkets throughout much of Northern Europe, Germany, and other parts of the UK, Rotterdam’s market was struggling to remain viable and relevant. Its selective hours of operation made it inaccessible for many, there were safety issues and few public facilities, and there was little variety in product offerings. The most crucial cause of the public market’s decline, though, was that it was failing to respond to the changing needs of everyday consumers. With this in mind, in 2004 a team of developers, architects, and council members, began mapping plans for a visionary multi-million dollar public-private market venture.

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