Los Angeles (CBSLA) – The site of an unofficial and crowded Lincoln Heights night market was closed to the public Thursday by City Councilor Gil Cedillo’s after neighborhood complaints about illegal activity, public defecation, noise and traffic.
The Avenue 26 night market, near Avenue 26 and Artesian Street, became a nuisance to neighbors after human feces, urine, and excessive trash were found on the street the next morning. Crowds of people were drawn into the neighborhood, making parking near the market difficult for residents.
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“We support the economic opportunities that night markets offer sellers and the culinary experiences they offer consumers. However, it is unacceptable how this website has negatively affected the quality of life of Lincoln Heights residents and businesses. The illegal activity on Ave 26 / Artesian Night Market is unacceptable, “Cedillo said in a written statement. “Our duty is to maintain clean, safe, and secure neighborhoods.”
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On Thursday, the crews built fences around the area to prevent the sellers from returning. City workers will do a full clean up to remove human waste and cooking oil, fix flame damage, and restore broken signs, sidewalks and curbs, according to Cedillo.
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