Help us implement the Eastern Market Strategic Plan
In 2019, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) was authorized by DC Council to create a Strategic Plan for Eastern Market. While the Department of General Services (DGS) manages the day-to-day operations of the Market, DMPED was tasked with facilitating an objective, third-party report with recommendations to bolster Eastern Market’s historic and unique character in the DC retail landscape. Through a competitive grant process, DMPED chose architrave p.c., architects to lead a team of consultants including the Consensus Building Institute and JLL.

Over the year-long strategic planning process, this team conducted research, engagement, and analysis around the current state of the market and produced recommendations to support its future. To gather data, the consultant created case studies on five public markets, deployed a survey with over 3,300 responses, led stakeholder workshops, and analyzed the Market’s current operations and competitive landscape. Key stakeholders included the merchants and vendors, the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, DGS, the nearby business owners and community groups, and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen’s office.

The Eastern Market Strategic Plan is now available for download at easternmarket-dc.org/about/eastern-market-strategic-plan. There are 12 big picture recommendations supported by 52 actionable strategies.

The amount of public engagement the consultant received throughout the process shows that Eastern Market is a beloved community asset. Now that the report phase has finished, DGS will be looking for your help to implement the recommendations. Once you review the Plan, take this short survey by November 3rd to shape how the recommendations should be prioritized moving forward.

Contact barry.margeson@dc.gov if you have questions about this survey.

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* Which recommendation do you believe is the most important for the long-term sustainability of Eastern Market?

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* Why did you select the recommendation above? Are there particular strategies under this recommendation that should be prioritized?

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* Which recommendation do you believe would most improve the experience of shopping at Eastern Market?

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* Why did you select the recommendation above? Are there particular strategies under this recommendation that should be prioritized?

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