As I thought about this, and so many other things, I kept thinking about what is hidden behind what people are saying about the Lexington Market and vibrancy (the panel itself was a shining example of what is best in our arts scene). It was hard not to be struck by how the kind of vibrancy at the Lexington Market is in many ways precisely the kind of vibrancy that the art scene would like. When the Bromo district sponsored the Light Up Lexington event a few months back and Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good were playing, the entire market, black, white, young, and old, were dancing and throwing dollars at the young, mixed-race band. It was beautiful to see young arts people mixing with the older clientele that might generally hang out at the market. (There were also weird things about it—bringing in fancy chefs to take over the kitchens of many of the other market businesses, for instance, could be a bit weird, rather than a full-on collaboration between two businesses).