The grassy hill is where people sit down, after they have filled their market baskets. This is where they take the quesadilla or tamale they just bought at the market stall, or the plate of spaghetti. They sit and eat and talk to their friends, families have picnic dinners, kids play together and people laugh and the sun drops low and slants across the grass and there is a feeling of happy in the air.
It’s not just the food, it’s how it brings us together.
Whenever I go to the market at Columbia City I make sure to spend a few minutes checking out the grassy hill behind the market. Be it the little kids skipping and playing together, the neighbors catching up on news, or just a family having an evening picnic in the dwindling sunlight—this is the community that food can create.
I think it’s beautiful.
When construction begins at Columbia Plaza, the market's new home must be within sight of this park.