Pike Place Market Constituency
The Public's Voice at the Market
Pike Place Market Constituency
The Constituency's Mission and Vision
My feeling is and always has been that the victory for the people of Seattle in keeping the market through a popular vote is a tribute to the people themselves. It could not have happened without the participation of everyone involved and to them should go the thanks, not to any one person.
— Victor Steinbrueck
To honor our mandate of representing the public's voice at the Market — we continue to be a strong voice with the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA), PDA Council, Seattle City Council, the mayor's office and beyond — advocating for Pike Place Market craftspeople, artisans, farmers, merchants, buskers, residents, and those facing the greatest challenges in the Market community. Our organization supports the PDA's Charter mandate and the work of the Market Historical Commission to preserve the historic nature of the Market going forward.
The Constituency was created pursuant to Chapter 3.110 of the Municipal Code of the city of Seattle. The Constituency works to keep Market management responsible and accountable and acts as an advisory and lobbying group to the PDA, PDA Council, Seattle City Council, and mayor. The Constituency operates according to its own Bylaws and in accordance with the PDA Charter and Rules and Regulations, city ordinances, public meetings and public records laws.
Of the PDA Council's twelve members, four are elected by the Constituency, four are appointed by the mayor, and four are appointed by the PDA Council. The Constituency elects one member to the PDA Council each year.
THE PDA'S CHARTER MANDATE
According to the PDA Charter, the PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate, and protect the Market's buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for low-income people within 9.2 acres of the Market Historical District.
The PDA is a municipal corporation organized to manage the Market (pursuant to RCWs 35.21.660, 35.21.670 and 35.21.730 and Seattle Municipal Code Ch. 3.110).
Fortunately, however, there has been enough enlightened civic leadership in Seattle's history that Victor's voice was heard, and his recommendations were followed in two major areas: Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Farmer's Market...Victor Steinbrueck would say that it is to everyone's advantage that it remain a true farmer's market — not only for Seattle residents but for tourists to enjoy as well.
— Marjorie Nelson Steinbrueck
To honor our mandate, we advocate for and empower Market residents, artisans, farmers, businesses, buskers, and those facing the greatest challenges in the Market community. The Constituency works to keep Market management responsible and accountable. We are a strong voice on the PDA Council, at City Council, at the mayor's office and beyond.
Our organization supports the PDA's Charter mandate and the work of the Market Historical Commission to preserve the historic nature of the Market going forward.
We aim to build and sustain a vibrant and economically thriving and inclusive Market community that supports all Market merchants, residents, and individuals facing the greatest challenges while empowering, embracing, and respecting all members of our community.