Together Rosemary Dai Ross, Pike Place Market Foundation and Seattle Weekly crafted "People of Pike Place". An effort to share the deep rooted stories that make Pike Place so unique. The stories came at a time when illuminating one of Seattles treasures became even more important to notice during the Pike Up campaign. Pike Place Market Foundation worked tirelessly to raise almost $10 million for the Pike Place expansion that not only provided Seattle with a new market waterfront but created over 50 new homes for underprivileged Seniors. During the interviews for the stories the common thread for these vendors was "family". The people of Pike Place are truly unique and special people whose energy draws in over 10 million people every year. Over 12 different languages are spoken in Pike Place Market and was founded by "Josepe Joe" an immigrant Italian at a time when farmers could barely make ends meet from the commercial markets at the time. Pike Place is much more than a market, it provides Senior housing, has it's own day care, food bank and medical clinic. The kind of support this community gives back to each other is one of the most unique, colorful and caring communities and is an example to what thriving communities can be.
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