An artist's rendition of what the Mercado Plaza might look like. Image courtesy of Mission Community Market

Before opening the new Mercado Plaza on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets in March, Mission Community Market is trying to figure out what neighbors want to see under the new city-sponsored canopy.

With the help of six bilingual youth surveyors, Mission Community Market organizers plan to pick the brains of 200 neighbors about what kind of cultural, arts, and family-friendly events would draw them to the marketplace. The hope is to also include longtime Mission residents, many of them Latino, in the kind of planning process that they historically have not had much representation in. The survey is targeting people who live in a two-to-three block radius of the planned market site and residents who don’t usually participate in feedback programs, according to MCM director Rosi Bustamante.

The market will be, in some ways literally, a bridge between the two sides of the Mission: On one side of the Bartlett Street location is a low-income housing building and parking garage, while the mixed-use condominium structure Vida is being built on the other side.

So if you encounter one of the green-clad young surveyors, be prepared to brainstorm what you’d like to see at Mission Community Market. More on the survey here.

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