Sunday, October 5, 2014

Save Subiaco Station St. Markets!



I read somewhere that in Europe when the locals are shopping for fruit and veg they dislike buying prepackaged goods, preferring to pick and chose their produce carefully.. so do I and thousands of other Perthites and Subiaco residents alike. I think from the way the gentleman above is weighing up his avocados he is definitely European :) Subiaco, sister city to Subiaco in Italy and home to many European settlers in the 1880's is set to change and not in a good way, beginning with the old Subiaco Pavilion Markets below at the end of Rokeby Rd. being developed into this hideous monstrosity, which will be more out of place in Subi than an igloo on the Nullarbor Plain.. if you could see the tree lined old buildings along Rokeby Rd. you would know exactly what I mean.


Across the road, unless as in the1990's when the markets were first under threat from developers and thousands of customers and locals signed petitions and lobbied local gov. officials successfully saving the Subiaco Station St. Markets by Christmas it could be all over and the markets replaced by, wait for it.. Coles and Target, seriously! They've got to be kidding right! You tell me where you'd rather spend time on the weekend weighing up your avocados :) The redhead and I had a brilliant time picking and choosing.. culminating in, I can honestly say one of the best almond croissants I've ever tasted.. I'm not finding that in Coles or Target! Bon weekend, take care..

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30 comments:

  1. The market has far more appeal than big box retail or other monstrosities.

    Real estate developers. For the most part, they need a smack upside the head. Forty or fifty thousand times until they get the point.

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  2. That looks an amazing market. Great photos! What's Coles & Target? - supermarkets? F&V in our part of the UK varies a lot - sometimes the supermarket stuff is better quality, and often a bigger range, but quite often it never ripens and just goes off in a day or so. Street markets definitely cheaper.

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  3. I do love markets and I can find a few here in the northwest, but I wish there were more!! Great shots for the day as always, Grace!! Glad you're getting out! You must be feeling better!!!

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  4. I'll have one of those almond croissants, please.

    I love outdoor produce markets. We have a few here, and I don't get to them often enough these days.

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  5. I definitely like handpicking my fruit and vegetables!

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  6. That's quite a vivid metaphor you use, and I don't even know what the Nullabor Plain is. Corporate money wins again.

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  7. I'm lucky enough to live where there are markets, farmers' markets and supermarkets so we have a range of choice. I must admit that I'm often guilty of picking things up in the supermarket even though I know I can get better quality elsewhere - call it laziness. Unfortunately I fear that when the supermarkets move in they'll be a lot more permanent than your metaphorical igloo!

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  8. It's a right battle! I love markets :) Arianna

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  9. Hideous monstrosity brings in more money than melons!

    Still it's nice to see you photograph some thing I am allowed to eat!

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  10. People with taste do not always win!! We are going to have a BOOKSTORE replaced by a Target Express store. I sympathize with you!

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  11. You got me with the almond croissant, Grace! Even in our big grocery stores, the vast majority of the produce is all loose. And there are farmers markets everywhere especially at this time of year.

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  12. Wish I had a market like that near me.

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  13. Hello from Greece! Yes you are right! It is very common here to have markets like these and some times i have to say that we take it for granted.

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  14. It is a shame that such an inappropriate building is going there. What are they thinking.

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  15. Oh wow, that is a real shame. That building will be completely out of place. I really do hate to see such developments happening. I understand progress but, some things are just insane. By the way, I wish I could take a bite out of that croissant. It looks fabulous.

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  16. Progress threatens another authentic local place - a world wide scourge I'm afraid my dear. Even as we awaken to the thrill of local food, places, community. C'est la vie these days! It can be fun and convenient to have big modern options too. I remember when we got Target and I was happy for the option......Fond ALOHA from Honolulu
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  17. There is some mad stuff happening around - who to blame? Someone getting a big money kick back!

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  18. I love markets with fresh produce.

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  19. That croissant looks fresh and fabulous! What a pity market places like that are giving way to high rise buildings. That development certainly looks out of place in that corner of Subiaco!

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  20. Such places deserve to be saved , they bring so much life to a city !

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  21. Take the market from a community and you take a large chunk of its soul. The markets add so much colour to a community and a great opportunity to rove looking for a huge range of freshness rather than a huge range of plastic packaging.

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  22. Nice collage (and Redhead), bummer about the old market.

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  23. If that's apple-filled, I'm sliding in next to you. I got a WEAKNESS!

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  24. Dans ce très beau marché on y vend même une galette de France :)

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  25. Those foodmarkets are so nice for photographers like us, full of colours and people.

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  26. Grace, yep, that dude could be Ingo ;-)
    Avocados sure are difficult over here btw...
    Hope the markets stay! There´s really enough Coles/Woolies!

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  27. I love fresh fruit and veggie markets like this. wish we could have them all year long here in US

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  28. Oh I so agree. And here in France, even in the supermarkets you can choose and weigh whatever fruit and veggies you buy. Some will be prepackaged (particularly if they are 'biologique) but you always have the choise to choose your own and then weigh it ready for checkout.

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  29. I followed the links. Okay, the new building is kind of cool looking, but who cares? Developers won't be happy until they've destroyed everything old, in the name of "progress!" We've been to three different farmer's markets in the past week and are going to a big one tomorrow night. Easy to tell which side I'm on. I hate developers...

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