RP: Relating to the Florida Market
Rebuilding Place has some generalized thoughts on market districts like the Florida Market. One of Richard's concerns is that if you were to introduce housing into the Florida Market (which is zoned entirely commercial/light industrial, NOT residential) that you get an automatic anti-noise/smell lobby that can ultimately drive many of the market businesses out. Personally, I'm not sure I think that introducing housing to the market would necessarily be the first sign of the apocalypse (I think there are examples of this type of business co-existing with housing). But I get Richard's point. There are, after all, plenty of cases where homes have sprouted up next to existing industry, and the industry suddenly (with the demise of the "coming to the nuisance" defense) finds itself labeled a nuisance that's got to go. If I had the cash (and appropriate zoning), I'd probably love to live in an area like that (of course, I say this without having actually awakened to the the grind of trucks & strong odor of fish in the wee hours). So housing in a place like this is definitely for a niche market, and then what happens when people begin to move in who like the gritty look, but not the reality that goes with it? Like I said, all academic, since the zoning isn't there, but something to think about anyway.
While you're considering the matter, I'll refer you back to the example (for a vision of a dying market district) to the Meatpacking District in NYC. Incidentally, one of the friends I took to the Market last Saturday is a former New Yorker who, being a cooking nut, used to frequent the Meatpacking District back when it really funtioned as one (these days it's got plenty of restaurants & trendy clubs, but the meatpacking businesses are mostly either gone, or going).