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Food For Thought: Why Barcelona’s Markets Are “Super” Places

Food For Thought: Why Barcelona’s Markets Are “Super” Places | green streets |

Parks, squares, street corners, libraries, schools—these are the important social places in many cities. They are the public spaces where we relax and meet friends; in short, the places that we all share. But there is another kind of shared space that often goes unappreciated as a community hub in today’s convenience-oriented cities: the public markets where we buy our food.

While markets were historically important threads of a city’s social fabric, sanitation concerns and a cultural obsession with convenience led to their demise in many western cities in the 1950s. The “super” markets that replaced these vital public spaces were some of the first of what we now know as big box stores, and today, many millions of people around the world rely on these fluorescent, air conditioned megastores.

But in some cities, even in the developed world, traditional public markets still reign supreme!

Norm Miller's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:40 AM

Markets are part of great turban places.   The permanent ones planned by the cities seem best for display and amenities like places to sit and eat.  

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:47 PM

1. Barcelona residents rank their public markets as the second most valuable public service after libraries.

2. Barcelona’s markets are used more by disadvantaged groups than by wealthy populations.

3. Markets make it easier for residents to connect with their neighbors, especially when markets are located near other public services such as health care centers, libraries, and schools.



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Why Is 'Authenticity' So Central to Urban Culture?

Why Is 'Authenticity' So Central to Urban Culture? | green streets |

As Jane Jacobs has said, it is in the mix of the streets where cities get their unique character and retain their independence. Authenticity comes from living in the city, rather than above it.

The more alike our cities and neighborhoods become, the harder we try to seek out spaces, food, and clothes that affirm a sense of realness and rootedness. The more alike we become, the thirstier we are for perceived individuality. And in crowded cities, being an individual means being rooted in modern notions of authenticity...

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 2, 2013 4:58 AM

Authenticity and Character. I have been talking a lot about this issues as a trend for some time and reinforce its importance for the next years.


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ParadigmGallery's comment, February 3, 2013 3:47 PM
a lot of insight in this piece...TY