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A Market City Is ...

A Market City is one that recognizes its wide variety of public markets operating as one market system; has diverse partners and stakeholders to take action together; measures value and understand how markets function; has regional distribution networks; regularly invests in its markets; helps diverse types of vendors start and grow their businesses; recognizes that its markets are inclusive public spaces. These are the seven key characteristics of municipalities that operate highly-functioning public market systems according to a new initiative led by the Project for Public Spaces, HealthBridge, and Slow Food International. (See useful links at the end.) And yet, cartographers would have difficulty identifying many towns like this on the map. Few cities have yet to embrace markets as strategic institutions. Moreover, from mega-cities to small towns, few municipal decision makers can even identify the markets that flourish within their own city limits. For most markets, they operate al

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