Groundworks Make the Eastside Dream Work

By Lynn Jones

A. Phillip Randolph Street was full of fanfare to celebrate historic eastside traditions, residents and way of life. Vendors, food trucks and volunteers were on hand to serve the over 1,500 plus people that came through the Jacksonville Public Market open air marketplace to peruse and purchase fruits, vegetables and novelty items. Children played in the streets, while the stage featured  local musical artists as residents, neighbors and friends came together to fellowship and take pride in their neighborhood.

The Groundwork’s Jacksonville Public Market covered three walking blocks giving shoppers a glimpse into the eastside neighborhood corridor. Families and friends from bordering neighborhoods excitedly packed up their cars with fresh greens and more!

Coordinator Ken Covington was also enthusiastic about the inaugural open air market initiative. “Wow what a turn-out, we will go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next open air market to continue this eastside connection,” Covington shared.

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