Alade, Be Gone

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Another mall, guys. Let’s get ready! From July 18, Alada Market as we know it will cease to exist. After a protracted legal tussle, traders are finally moving. A new mall development is being championed by a Masters Reality International Concepts Ltd (couldn’t get much info for them online) as part of a Build-Operate-Transfer deal with the state government. An alternate market facility has been built, not too far way,

Sigh.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Honestly, I’m not sure. Let’s analyse this.

I consider it a good thing because:

  • The market presents a potentially catastrophic emergency hazard. Because of the sheer density and inadeuacy/absence of proper infrastural setups, if anything ever went wrong, say a fire or otherwise, it would be a nightmare for the emergency management team
  • Present sanitary conditions are nothing, nothing, nothing, to write home about. Or write anywhere for that matter. And the new place seems relatively well-equipped.
Already being boarded up for demolition/construction

Already being boarded up for demolition/construction

It’s a bad thing because:

  • Like it or not, the market has some sentimental value. It’s been there for yeeaarrsss. And as with most familiar things, it can be hard to let go. It was a bit sad seeing the traders pack their stuff out (see photos below)
  • We’re talking about people’s livelihoods here. Again, some traders have been there for yeeaarrsss They’ve built a customer base and established names for themselves. All that is gone now. Some claim they can’t afford the prices in the new place. Some of the traders were in the market illegally, so have no claim to the new site anyway.
Moving

Moving

Moving

Moving

Moving

Moving

And more moving...

And more moving…

I can vaguely remember when the plaza bit of Alade Market opened. It was the new, swanky shopping ‘mall’ that everybody went to. It was ‘expensive’, It’s about 4 stores high. It was a big deal, guys. It’s interesting to see what it morphed into over the years. I think it will even be more interesting to see what the new development will be like.

The new digs

The new digs

Time shall tell

Time shall tell

What do y’all think? Yes to the redevelopment, or nah fam?

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