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2015-2016 Annual Report

Posted February 3, 2016

2015 was a year of significant milestones and record breaking achievements. The following annual report highlights key accomplishments from each of the PDA's departments and major projects. In a year that included breaking ground on the MarketFront project, to reaching every corner of the globe with a story about cleaning gum, we also took advantage of historically low interest rates; refunding existing debt and issuing PDA guaranteed bonds for the very first time. Our Farm Program engaged in pro-active support for farmers in need who faced flooding and draughts in the same calendar year, and on the Residential front we maintained one of the lowest vacancy rates on record. The overall commercial performance of the Market exceeded projections in all sectors. Seeing the highest visitor traffic ever in 2015, our Maintenance, Facilities, and Security departments met the increased demands, ensuring a safe, clean, and well maintained historic district.

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Pike Place Market has long been famous for its food: fresh produce, flying fish, farm stands, specialty ingredients, fine dining…and the list goes on! But at the heart of the Market's food community is Pike Market Food Bank,a nonprofit that hasprovided residents of downtown Seattle with free, nutritious groceries in a friendly environment since 1979. To learn more about the organization's mission, reach, and ways Seattleites can get involved, we spoke with PMFB manager Brian Anderson.

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Pike Place Market is many things: it's a farmers market, crafts market, tourist attraction, a multicultural hub, a local haunt. It's a living piece of Seattle history, and it's a collection of some of the finest dining establishments in the area. It's also a community, with services available to residents of the Market, community members, and our own artisans and farmers.

The Pike Place Market Community Safety Net is one such entity. It provides temporary, emergency assistance for Market residents, members of the social service agencies, or of the merchant, daystall and farmer communities who have experienced extraordinary hardship and are in need of assistance to regain their stability.

Unforeseen emergencies like illness and injury can lead to difficult times for the self-employed and small business owners who sell their crafts, food, and produce at the Market. They often have little to fall back on, which is where the Market Safety Net comes in. The fund can help with temporary mortgage payments, for example, if a craftsperson misses work due to sickness.

Tomorrow's Behind the Table event, hosted by the artists, designers and craftspeople of Pike Place Market, helps fundraise for the Community Safety Net. The fund also accepts online donations through Pike Place Market Foundation.

Market Trivia

Posted October 8, 2015

Each day at Pike Place Market, countless visitors take photos with Rachel the Pig, who sits beneath the Public Market Clock and Sign at the corner of Pike Place.

But most people might not realize who Rachel is, and why she's here. Is she:

A. Paying homage to the pig farmers who founded the market.

B. A bronze version of a pet one of the original craftspeople brought every day to Pike Place Market.

C. A symbol encouraging visitors to "pig out" on Market food.

D. A massive piggy bank.

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Market Trivia

Posted September 25, 2015

Pike Place Market is home to more than 200 unique owner-operated shops and more than 80 restaurants. The craftsmarket represents 225 local and regional craftspeople. What else is located in the Market, beyond these vendors?

A. Food bank

B. Senior center

C. Preschool

D. Health clinic

E. All of the above.
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What was once a one-room clinic run out of the back of a former bar has grown to cover two floors and a wide range of services.

The Pike Place Market clinic started in the 1970s by a grassroots activist who wanted to serve low-income seniors in the downtown corridor, says Clinic Manager Zandra Lee. As the downtown neighborhood has changed, so has the clinic's patient population. Today the clinic serves a diverse adult population, with almost half homeless or at high risk for homelessness. About 10 years ago the clinic became part of Neighborcare Health, which operates most community health centers in Seattle. Even as part of a much larger system, the clinic maintains its focus on the Market neighborhood and the needs of this community.

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