The Obor market (Piața Obor), the direct successor of the original fair, was, until 2007, Bucharest's largest public market. It covered about 16 city blocks and included a variety of indoor and outdoor market spaces, with goods ranging from compact discs to live chickens. Informally, the market spilled into the surrounding neighborhood, both in terms of street vendors and in terms of the nearby Magazin Universal ("Universal Store") named Bucur Obor, a large commercial building and housing estate (officially named the ALMO housing estate, built in 1975) that has been parcelled up into hundreds of small, independent retail stores. The market was demolished, not without public outcry, in order to pave the way for a modern market and a small park, thus ending a 300-year tradition.
In Romanian popular culture, it is referenced by Gică Petrescu in his song Uite-aşa aş vrea să mor, in which the artist playfully expresses his desire to be buried in a tavern in the area with a glass of red wine in his hand. Withn Bucharest dwellers, it has attained a reputation of a market of relatively cheap products, sometimes even of low quality. (citation needed)
- (in Romanian) Justiţie în Bucureştii de odinioară Magazin Istoric, no. 461. August 2005
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