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Antiques, collectibles, unknown treasures: the dealers and antiquarians of Dorrego Market.




One of the top markets to hunt antiques in the city of Buenos Aires has been shut down by the city’s government arguing the location didn’t meet the basic safety regulations. After a tragic fire in a nightclub two years ago, the city’s government has now realized that all city shops and warehouses have to meet basic regulations, and in stead of dealing with the problem before it’s too late, they have decided to work out some exemplifying measures. Those who have been working at the Dorrego market for years now, agree on the fact that the place needs to be improved and organized, but feel like the way the local authorities are dealing with the problem is not only excessively radical but that it could be addressed in a better and wiser way. Not only is a central problem the fact that the market will be closed down for the upcoming 10 months, and the shops have to relocate all throughout the city, in smaller places were they cannot fit all their objects, but also that the regular clientele who finds supplies for their shops in the market have to go buy elsewhere… The situation is turning worse by the minute, for it seems that a dialogue is getting tighter.


We hope the parts will finally come to an agreement, in which it’s privileged the fact that the Dorrego Market is a work place for over 195 families, plus all those art and antique dealers who depend on the countless antiques sold there. We all want for the Dorrego Market to become a safe and secure environment to work in, but without losing it’s traditional Market like features, such as the inside alleys, cluttered sweet shops and broad variety. It’s important to state that one of the dealers demands is that all shop locations are respected and that rent is not excessively raised; for safeties shouldn’t be a luxury only those who can afford it can access it.


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Taken on November 23, 2006