The city of Anaheim, California, paid $9 million to gut and make ready for vendors the Packing House building, which originally was used for shipment of oranges. The work included cutting a hole in the center of the floor, allowing the basement to become a bright, open space. (chet frolich)

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Though they pose unique development challenges, authentic, locally focused food vendors create unique experiences.

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