Monday, April 30, 2007

Eastern Market Fire

The main hall of beautiful Eastern Market caught on fire, early this morning. The building facade and part of the inside appears to be salvageable -- a testament to its sturdy construction, no doubt -- and thankfully there were no injuries. Still, the news is absolutely devastating.

Eastern Market is like an old friend. Shopping for dinner at Eastern Market is part of almost every weekend I spend here in DC. It is quite possibly my favorite thing about this city. When I first moved here and was feeling homesick for my hometown of Pittsburgh, I would wander around Eastern Market to cheer myself up. The vendors of Eastern Market are Pittsburgh-friendly and that is not a comparison I frequently make.

It's hard enough to get through Mondays without the market (when the vendors take a well-earned day off and the market is closed), so I don't know how I'll survive while the market rebuilds. Fortunately, most of the vendors will be open for business as early as this week, perhaps in makeshift, outdoor stores. But in the long run, I sure do hope our neighbors who depend on the market for their living will be okay.

I'm looking for information about volunteer efforts or donation sites where I can drop off some dollars or even spend some time helping to restore the interior. I'm sure an effort will be organized soon (check back if anyone is interested and doesn't see the information elsewhere -- I will update this post once I find out how to help).

I just hope that the vendors are not overlooked, and that any losses not covered by insurance can at least be mitigated somewhat by a caring community. The vendors at Eastern Market are just as nice as can be. According to the quotes I've seen, the vendors seem very worried. I hope they are treated to the same kindness they've always shown their customers all these years.


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