About Market Cities

Successful public markets help build communities rooted in well-being and equitable opportunity. The Market Cities Program strengthens the regional systems behind the market stalls, connecting and supporting a diverse set of stakeholders through research, specialized training, and a network of peers.

Market Cities is a partnership between three international nonprofits: Project for Public Spaces, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, and Slow Food International.

Vision

The Market Cities Program advances a new vision for public market systems—one that creates infrastructure, policies, and investments in public markets at the citywide, regional, or national level. Learn more about the seven principles that define our vision:

1.
A Market City includes a wide variety of types of markets in a city as part of one market system.
2.
A Market City organizes diverse partners and stakeholders who can collaborate and act together to achieve common policy objectives.
3.
A Market City measures the value of its markets and understands how they function.
4.
A Market City has distribution networks that prioritize and support healthy, affordable, and safe food and other goods produced in the region.
5.
A Market City regularly invests in its market facilities and the management skills of market operators.
6.
A Market City helps diverse types of vendors start and grow their businesses.
7.
A Market City recognizes that its markets are also public spaces that welcome different kinds of people and maintain important cultural heritage.

SDG Goal Alignment

Our goals align with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Program contributes to global public health, livelihoods, and equity outcomes.

Who We Are

Staff
Program Manager
Project for Public Spaces
kwheeler@pps.org
Program Director
Project for Public Spaces
kverel@pps.org
Affiliates
Place Solutions Group
International Executive Committee, Slow Food International
International Market Consultant
Livable Cities, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
partners

Contact Us

Email
kwheeler@pps.org

Phone
+1 (212) 620-5660

Mailing Address
PO Box 1073
New York, NY 10276
USA

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