Bureaucracy stifling at Maxwell Street
Letter to the editor
09/05/2012 10:00 PM
It is indeed sad that the Maxwell St. market is dying, and an even sadder fact that the city government has proven itself totally incompetent to run a flea market.
In the ’50s and ’60s the market was run by one person, the market master. It cost all of 17 cents to set up, and was open to all. Now the market has a fancy office, a police force, an army of inspectors, clean up crews, background checks, licensing and permits, large weekly fees, enormous fines for the tiniest infractions and soon vendors will be required to have a million-dollar insurance policy.
If you wonder why the city is running an enormous deficit, take a look at the management of the Maxwell St. market.
Former Maxwell Street Market vendor