It could be good news that the Maine Avenue fish market will now be allowed to expand its offerings and sell things other than fish. Maybe this will result in a better, more diverse market, akin to the wildly successful Pike Place market in Seattle.

I hope that’s what happens. Because the Maine Avenue market could be better, and Pike Place is awesome.

But I very much hope that fish and shellfish remain the main categories of things sold there. The fish market is one of the most unique and interesting public spaces in D.C., and if it’s allowed to become an Eastern Market clone, then it will become less unique and interesting. Eastern Market is awesome, too, of course, but it’s the fish that make the fish market something to see.

And I don’t even like seafood.

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.