Isthmus: Market Equity


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March 7, 2019. Public markets across the country are designed for different purposes — some to retail high-end food to attract business people and tourists. Mayor Paul Soglin has said the Madison Public Market is designed to provide universal access to affordable healthy food throughout the city.

Jamaal Stricklin, president of the Madison Public Market Foundation, says the foundation views the project through a lens of equity. “We wanted to do this to provide entrepreneurship in the food industry and increase entrepreneurship in underserved communities — people of color, women, minorities,” Stricklin says. “What we really want to do is have people express their culture through their offerings.… We want to create more jobs in the food industry, but not just dishwashing jobs. We’re trying to increase opportunities for people.”

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“The Madison Public Market, long in gestation, offers us an extraordinary opportunity to create something special for the public good. It is a unique mash-up inter-weaving economic development, social enterprise, arts, culture and local history, creative place-making, and much more. What a unique asset that will benefit our local community for many years ahead!” - Karen Crossley

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