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Street market sets an example

ROADSIDE wet markets, which were often maligned for dirtiness, blocking traffic and lowering the tone of a neighborhood, are gaining popularity among locals due to their low prices as the cost of living rises.

Due to a lack of management controlling the street venders, people usually get an impression of dirtiness, disorder and noise. However, the market on Hongxin Road in Minhang District is an exception and people hope the example can be promoted and followed by others.

Every morning, Hongxin Road is crowded with housewives and vendors who line the streets, selling vegetables, meat, fish and even breakfast.

The market has been in existence for over two years, and "we have not received complaints about it so far," said Wu Han, an official with the community in charge of the market.

He told Shanghai Daily yesterday that they asked a professional company to help with its management. All the vendors along the street, who usually begin business before 6am, have to leave the street by 8am so as not to affect traffic. Public sanitation workers arrive soon after the market closes to clean the street.

"It is convenient and cheap, and it does not cause any trouble," said Lu Zengde, a local retiree who often shops there.

Xu Xiaoqing, a local lawyer and a deputy to the Shanghai People's Congress, approved the practice and said it should be promoted in other parts of the city.

Such markets are well managed and have no influence on traffic, Xu said. "They can be regarded as a complement to the city's official wet markets."

Because of the price differences between the street vendors and indoor markets, the trade at some official markets has been affected.

On Monday, stall holders at a wet market in Zhabei District went on strike, complaining that their business had gone down since people began to shop at roadside wet markets. The price for the same kind of vegetable at their market is usually 1 yuan (15 US cents) to 2 yuan per kilogram higher than that sold on streets.

The price difference is even greater for fish and meat.

But indoor vendors can't lower their prices as they have to pay rent.

A couple at a wet market in Jing'an District said they spend 1,700 yuan on rents every month.

While in a wet market in Minhang, a pork seller said the stand rent has been raised to 6,300 yuan a year, almost three times of the 2,400 yuan three years ago, according to Shanghai Morning Post.


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