Today the Baltimore Sun weighed in on the Market House, stating that the proposed lease with Gone to Market was “a good plan that had too many critics.”
… we hope that the new plan will not be subjected to the immense second-guessing that has plagued both the Gone to Market proposal and prior Market House operators. Wise though they are, the mayor and City Council members should not be the ones to decide, for example, what hours coffee can be served at the market. The mayor and City Council should give the market operator the flexibility to run the enterprise, not make every business decision subject to city approval.
The editorial also addresses the worry of a few of the downtown restaurateurs that the Market House would compete for their customers:
Worries that a revived market would “steal” business from nearby merchants are shortsighted. A lively market will draw customers to the area, and customers are what downtown Annapolis, with its Main Street vacancies, sorely needs.
Click here for the full editorial.