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CBC: How Calgary's open-air markets form and function

The CBC examines the issue of Calgary’s open-air drug markets in a story published this week. Open-air markets, where drug trades take place openly, may seem strange, but they’re operating as intended, explains John Eck, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. Eck, who researches drug markets, weighs in to explain the complicated issue of how these crime hot spots operate and how he says merchants bear some of the responsibility for the hubs that have coalesced around their businesses.

Read the story here.

Featured image at top: The Circle K located off the CTrain line on Seventh Avenue S.W. has been one of the more notorious open-air markets in Calgary for years. (Joel Dryden/CBC)