Conference: Great Markets, Great Cities

Posted by on September 27, 2002

‘Great Markets, Great Cities’ – the 5th International conference of the Public Market Collaborative at Project for Public Spaces – will highlight the role of public markets in reviving struggling downtowns and neighborhoods.

The New York-based conference coincides with proposals for a public market at the site of the former World Trade Center. The City Council, who are proposing the project, feel that a market would bring people to the site and serve as an amenity for office workers and residents.

The conference brings together more than 300 heads of public markets, related parks and government officials, real estate people and economist from around the country. These people believe that markets create safe and inviting places, revive
urban shopping districts and provide quality produce to inner-city residents.

Co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the three-day conference includes speakers, market tours around New York City, local food, and evening receptions at Grand Central Market, Chelsea Market and the W Hotel. Awards for the country’s best public markets will be given at the Chelsea reception.

Scholarships for Great Markets Great Cities Conference

For the full text of this announcement, please go to:
‘Great Markets, Great Cities’, Presented by Project for Public Spaces
November 9 to 11, 2002, New York City

To find out more about the conference:
Or phone David O’Neil 215 482 5130 or Harriet Festing 212-620-5660.

The Ford Foundation is offering a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the ‘Great Markets, Great Cities’ conference to cover registration, travel costs, and hotels for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Each applicant should either have some connection to an existing public market or be actively pursuing development of a market in a low and moderate income community. Each applicant must submit a separate application and own essay.

Applications, which can be downloaded from the web pages (GO TO ‘REGISTER NOW’) are due no later than SEPTEMBER 30, 2002. Please send to Harriet Festing, Project for Public Spaces, 153 Waverly Place, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014.

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