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Maxwell Flea Market is Gone.  What Happened?

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Maxwell Flea Market closed at the end of August 2010.  How surprising, how sad. Our thoughts were: "This long-standing Upham's Corner institution is owed a simple obituary - maybe some history - a few words of homage  - some type of closure."Maxwell Flea Market - All about Community

One phone call led to days of investigative  research.  The flea market's shutdown was not a simple business decision.  Close to 50 people lost their jobs when they had done nothing wrong. Furthermore, during the "eviction" process the Flea Market was not provided with due process while other tenants in the same building were.

The City of Boston Fire Department, the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Flea Market owner, Marcy Navarro, and through her, the vendors - they are all characters in this story, Housing Court as well.  We have the deepest respect for all parties involved and thank them for taking the time to tell their stories.
Remembering Maxwell Flea Market

Who were these "little people," the vendors with no economic clout and little understanding of their legal rights, that they could so easily have been locked out of their work place with no warning and no recourse?

The final days - dumpsters in an empty parking lot, a couple guys showing up to go to the flea market and people setting up "shop" on Humphreys St.  

There are at least three stories about what happened.  Each organization sees the events from their perspective.  The Fire Department looks at fire safety issues.  Neighborhood Development performs a balancing act, managing the building and working on longterm solutions for its use.  The business owner realizes that the future is uncertain but wants to continue operating the business the best she can.

To get clear on the actual events, take a look at the Dates & Documents
Upham's Corner News has listened to all parties involved and examined ISD violation reports, Fire Department abatements, court documents and DND transmittals.  We conclude our presentation with the final article:  "Recommendations & Comments."

Give each person's story consideration. They worked hard to make sure their accounts were complete and accurate.  Think of yourselves as jurors listening to court testimony.  
  1. What do you think happened and why?  
  2. Could the situation have been handled differently?  
  3. Is there a lesson we - all of us - can learn from this event?  
The City of Boston owes us a better understanding of what happened and closure for everyone - owner, vendors, customers, neighbors and the Upham's Corner community.  

We seek to listen, learn, repair and heal.  Can you join us in this process?

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