Mapping your markets: taking stock of your public market system

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New York, United States of America

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December 1st at 09:00 in your time zone

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Public markets offer many benefits to public health, social life, and local economies, yet markets today face many challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential, such as a lack of government support and lack of investment.

Especially in our current climate, the adaptability of public markets has proven uniquely well suited to providing an economic lifeline to small business owners and healthy food to residents during the coronavirus pandemic, but major gaps in public policy have also left them particularly vulnerable. The Market Cities Initiative aims to address these challenges by establishing Market City strategies to create new infrastructure, policies, and investments in public market systems at the citywide, regional, or national levels. The Initiative has identified seven key indicators of healthy market systems, as seen in municipalities like London, UK, and Barcelona, Spain. A Market City is one that 1) recognizes its wide variety of public markets operate as one market system; 2) has diverse partners and stakeholders to take action together; 3) measures value and understand how markets function; 4) has regional distribution networks; 5) regularly invests in its markets; 6) helps diverse types of vendors start and grow their businesses; 7) recognizes that its markets are inclusive public spaces.
The first step to work towards achieving these indicators is to understand the existing market landscape of your town, city, or region. In this webinar, we will walk you through our method and free tools available to survey and map an area’s public market system. Market leaders from Seattle (WA) in the USA and Arusha in Tanzania will discuss how the process of collecting and analyzing data on their market systems has helped them hone in on their local Market City strategies and advocacy efforts. Explore how this method can help you initiate a Market City process and take your market system to the next level. 


  • Furaha Abwe, Urban Planning for Community Change, Tanzania
  • Kristie Daniel, HealthBridge Foundation, Canada
  • Richard McCarthy, Slow Food International, USA
  • Kurt Wheeler, Project for Public Spaces, USA
  • Jennifer Antos, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, USA

Event upon registration. To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Event organized by UN-Habitat and the Market Cities Initiative.

For those who were not able to join the live session, you can now watch the recording and download the accompany guides.

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Event languages: EN

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