The architect tasked to develop a re-organization plan presented visual images of the new and improved Thames Street Vendors Mall to the Cabinet on Wednesday.
It includes a plan to harmonize the display kiosks which would be colorful and serve as a storage booth, would also improve the aesthetics considerably and make the area far more attractive than it was in the past with painted wooden huts.
“The three-dimensional images revealed order, beauty and utility,” Cabinet said.
The images reportedly revealed aesthetic improvements around the Public Market environs which would also ensure that there is uniformity in the display units on the outside of the market. Built-in stalls on the inside of the Public Market ensure uniformity and a high level of cleanliness—which food items on display deserve. The object is to bring that same level of attractiveness and beauty to the stalls on the outside. There would also be a limitation on the numbers along Market Street where both pedestrians and automobile traffic now compete for space with vendors and stalls.
The architect indicated to Cabinet that while the plan had not yet been costed, the next step would be to provide an estimate; the Government would wish to pursue funding from several international sources.
The Caribbean Development Fund has already provided US$200,000 in a soft loan to address improvements in the capital city which welcomes more than 750,000 cruise tourists annually, and will see a dramatic increase when the OASIS Class ships begin to visit, discharging more than 6,000 tourists on every call next year.
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Good to know, but more importantly will all the vendors be selling the SAME DAMN THING??
Time for the vendors to think outside the box and broaden their scope/range of products and services.
Who are these “international funders”?.
All the pretty paint and orderly stalls will be made redundant when the economic free zone is complete.
you are so negative….you definitely need a life
It is about time. The lower market street is like a ghetto. It seems most of vendors who sells in this area had brought their culture from where they come from. I remembered growing up Antigua that area did not have anyone vending now it is over crowded with shanty ghetto style sheds/tents. I hate to walk there to get to the bus station now. Right now most of the booths inside the Vegetable Market are empty.
Dem need fu clean up the whole dyam city of all dem vendors so it cyan stop looking like run dung ghetto St. Johns. Market and High street look stink bad, and nuh let me talk about the scent; the city had become real degraded over the last 15 years. While people need to make a living in various forms come on Antigua and Antiguans, have standards and stop leh the place run dung like a dump so!
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