- Revisit your assigned audio interview/s from Bromo Speaks: Listen again and look for themes related to CHANGE and pull out direct quotes that may help us in this semester’s radio series. (See blog 3)
- Listen closely to the recordings from this week (posted under Audio 2016 folder àInterviews) Pull out good quotes – reflect on what questions and methods worked well and what could be improved:
(2:05) That Battle, though, seems to be the primary thing that has gone on through the history the market. The tension between the vendors and the management–the vendors often being new waves of immigrants. Then with all the changes that have happened in the neighborhood around it.
(2:24)I started looking into the market so much because a city is impossible to understand, it’s too big. This market contains all the good things and the bad things about Baltimore. All the things Baltimore struggles with and all the things that Baltimore is great at–it’s the city in microcosm.
(4:34) We were about to move to Baltimore. we wanted to look around at what neighborhood we might want to live in. We started the day at the market and ate oysters at Faidley’s and just walked around and head out from here to go check out the rest of the city. It was spectacular. I fell in love with it at that minute and with the city through the market at that minute.
(5:30) It seemed for a while there were more drugs being sold outside the market and now there’s less lately.
(5:42) Mainly it’s just all the bullshit people say about the market is different. All this shit about we have to make it vibrant and stuff. Look around this is as vibrant as anything can get. All the media stuff just goes around in cycles about it.
(6:24) This is what the market feels like is all of this life jostling into each other. It’s a vital jostling where everyone bumps into each other with a little gluttony. With Fried Chicken or crabcakes or egg sandwiches and beers and music everything is jostling. And to me that is the beauty of the world and city life is like.
(7:25) Drug people don’t bother me at all. I think they should leave them alone and start bothering the people who are cat calling women instead.
(7:56) Cities are on the course of becoming playgrounds rich people. I think that’s bullshit. I think the market is what they are trying to push and turn it into a playground for rich people and I think that this is what cities should be. It has all the great things and all the terrible things of what cities should be and what our city should be
:28 The people change. Used to shopping like you go to a supermarket. Before they don’t have so many variety in supermarkets. They come here they have the meat places, the fruit places, ??? ….Now they have the supermarkets have everything and they only come here for something fresh or something for the holidays.
2:27 They planning to do renovation. They don’t give us any detail–the who the what the when. I think they are cleaning better, the electricity, and plumbing… a new face
2:53 I don’t know what the change means to everybody. But If I’ve had a job for so many years I’m not going to change, I’m going to work the same way, and serve the same products.
3:49 Baltimore is improving the face, everything is changing so they decide to change the Lexington Market to. I hope it is for the better.
:30 I translate for some of the people in this market who have trouble with the language
1:35 Somewhat uneasy because of uncertainty. Not just me, overall that’s how people feel
Nancy Faidley Divine
7:29 They’re talking about changing the market. The plans that I’ve seen–I think it’s going to take away the feeling of the market. Granted it needs some more diversity. It seems like primarily one ethnic group which I don’t think is good. I think a lot has to be done for the neighborhood. Putting 26 million dollars in here is not going to change the neighborhood. I think they have to do some very drastic things–some dramatic things.
8:55 Weve seen neighborhood changes, good and bad.
9:46 I would like to have seen them do some more things. I still have people come up and say to me that they are scared to come in here because of the people standing around on the outside street. And that’s not in here but because they have to walk through it they are uncomfortable. Especially with the stuff on the news.
11:04 Unfortunately the riots didn’t help. We had a pretty good reputation for the harbor and all the nice things and the good things that are happening here. Just because you have these drug gangs.
11:43 I was a school teacher and I don’t think teenagers organize themselves that well.
12:41 They are talking about closing everyone down for two years. You don’t get business back. We had some very famous resaurants here in Baltimore. Once they closed, nobody heard about them anymore.
:40 All the buses run here. Everyday when we got out of school we’d come down here to get some food. Then we’d go to work.
1:10 It’s different. They have light up Lexington. they are trying to appeal to a different crowd
1:47 It’s like gentrifaction. It’s good and bad.
2:04 I like gentrification because it offers a different perspective. We can’t go toa farmer’s market so where else are we going to get fresh produce.
2:49 I think it can add a different audience. I don’t think the people who come here will stop coming here.
5:03 It has a bad rep. If you look around you can see why. Because of certain people who come here. They aren’t bad people they are just poor people.
5:43 When you gentrify a neighborhood they talk bad about it, but at least the houses are occupied. When they gentrify they don’t make it for the people who lived in that neighborhood before.
15: My father brought me down here as a young lad. We got some Peanuts–roasted hot peanuts for fity cents. They are a dollar now, but you know, still pretty good.
1:08 Everything is not as bad as some people would say about the city. There is a lot of good people and a lot of ??? that’s trying to get of their feet and just survive every day and be a testament to the community
1:30 I actually still see some of the old vendors from when I was a kid
1:39 Change is good, but sometimes money that is used for certain projects could be used in other areas
2:52 I think if it’s more of a farmer’s market atmosphere it would draw in a new type of customer which would weed out some of the people who hang around. I think that would be a positive thing.
3:40 The market for the most part is one of the safest places to come and commune
In reflection, I wish I was there. My classmates spoke to some really interesting people who had interesting and thoughtful things to say about the Market and Baltimore in general. Obviously we need to be better about getting people’s last names. I would also like to hear more stories from the interviewees. It is great to get their perspectives and opinions, but especially for people who have been coming to the market for decades, they surely have interesting anecdotes from their own experiences in Baltimore.
I think we found a lot of material that will paint an image of Lexington Market and even got some specific views on changes in the West Side. I’m excited to see what else we here from people.