In August 1985, workers from nearby businesses and restaurants helped spruce up Lynn and Pearl streets in downtown Columbus for a "Clean Sweep."

The two streets, which had been paved with bricks to form a pedestrian mall in the late 1970s, intersected in the block bounded by Broad, High, Gay and Third streets.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the city was flushing drains, pruning trees, making repairs and working with merchants and property owners to make more improvements.

The area was envisioned as a showplace for art exhibits, antique car displays and other family-oriented activities, in addition to the "Rally in the Alley" musical gatherings held after work on summer Fridays.

Pearl Market, originally known as the Pearl Alley Farmers Market, began there in 1992. However, the market will move to the Statehouse this summer because the scaffolding from ongoing renovations at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower has taken up much of the space that merchants use for their stalls.