Can One Business Shut Down the Hollywood Farmers' Market?
The Hollywood Farmers' Market takes over an imposing section of streets every Sunday with its stalls stocked with fresh produce and other wares, and its aisles packed with shoppers. However the future of the market is in jeopardy thanks to a sole business in the area, according to KTLA, and the issue is parking.
The L.A. Film School "wants to reclaim the use of their parking lot that is normally blocked once a week from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m on Sunday," the market's Chief Executive Officer, Pompea Smith, told KTLA. The Film School is "asking that the market’s permit not be renewed for that location; if not renewed, the market volunteer was unsure where they would go and whether it would be large enough to accommodate all the current vendors," notes BloggingLA. "If all this seems like it’s coming out of no where, it sort of is: the volunteer also said that this all popped up within the last month, conveniently right as their permits are up for renewal."
As of next Sunday, vendors will no longer be permitted to use Ivar Avenue, which is severing one of the market's major arteries. "That means approximately 150 vendors who sell their own products every Sunday will be displaced. Smith says vendors will lose the more than $130,000 in income that is generated every Sunday."