Broadway Market at the Crossroads Pt. 11

By Christina Abt

This is the eleventh in a series of articles about the Broadway Market. This week we take a road trip southwest to our sister city on the Great Lakes, Cleveland. It’s a trip back in time and forward to the future, complete with a public market blueprint for success.

If you were to line up Buffalo’s Broadway Market alongside Cleveland’s West Side Market, at first glance they would seem remarkably similar. Historically, both were founded in the mid to late 1800’s, serving as ethnic marketplaces for the thousands of European immigrants settling around the Great Lakes. Both were relocated to bigger and better venues in the early 20th century. Both struggled through significant challenges in the 1970’s and 80’s and received millions of dollars of needed infusions.

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