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The Dekalb Market Becomes America's First Shipping Container Market

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Aug 27, 2011 • References: dekalbmarket and trendpool
Dekalb Market, located in the heart of Brooklyn, opened to the cheers and screams of locals in search of socially responsible vendors and green products. It also happens to be the first shipping container market in the country.

Each store in the trendy Dekalb Market is actually a repurposed freight container, selected for its designed strength, relatively inexpensive cost and worldwide availability. Everything from retro fashion to hand-crafted art pieces is available in the market, and the whole food suppliers offer just as much variety: soul food, baked goods and locally produced meats are all on sale.

The Dekalb Market is a case study in the struggle between displacement and development in a downtown borough constantly on the upswing. It gives local residents the opportunity to buy homegrown produce while simultaneously staving off the franchised stores eager to move into the area.