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Carrboro: North Carolina’s Market Town?

Carrboro: North Carolina’s Market Town?

Yesterday I talked about Informal Markets — events that are marked by an agreed-upon time and place to sell and buy goods, but may lack features of a permanent retail establishment.  When I think about the things that the town of Carrboro has going for it, our talent for finding room for Informal Markets is near the top of the list.  When I began researching this post, I was not surprised to find that Carrboro … Read entire article »

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How Cities Capture Informal Markets: Lessons from Poland

How Cities Capture Informal Markets: Lessons from Poland

Why do we have cities and towns? While medieval towns were established for a variety of reasons, including defense or access to key resources such as water or arable land, it is important not to overlook trade. In addition to specialization after the beginning of agriculture, geography and topography brought travelers together in many places. The confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers to form the Ohio River practically guaranteed that there would be a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic Development, Informal Markets, Krakow, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Warsaw