Markets are a powerful tool to bring people together in public spaces
Regular public markets don't just bring buyers & sellers together – they create 'bumping spaces' for neighbours to socialise with each other and build stronger community ties.
Some of the benefits that markets can bring
- Opportunities for financial independence
- Reinforce a 'buy local' culture
- Reduce ‘food deserts’ in places with poor access to cheap, fresh fruit and vegetables
- Be a testbed for young entrepreneurs and makers
- Create a place to draw people to an area and support bricks and mortar businesses
Things to think about if you want to start a market
- Is there a local space that could be big enough and visible enough for a market?
- Is there enough power and hard surface to host markets all-year round, whilst having greenspace opportunities for expansion in the summer?
- Is there a type of market that isn't already on offer that could help fill a gap in the community? E.g. Car-boot markets or children's markets.
- Who can be part of the team to make it a success? Is there a local business precinct that could help guide the growth of the market?
Check out the Project for Public Spaces Main Street Guide to Markets for how to make a successful market through placemaking principles.