Public Markets

“If you want to seed a place with activity, put out food.”
- William H. Whyte

The recent resurgence of public markets is just a beginning. Markets spark urban revitalization, foster community diversity and improve public health. We’re on the verge of a new era of market cities, with expansive networks to connect people and places.


Historically public markets were central to community life. Since holding the inaugural International Public Markets Conference in 1987 at Seattle's Pike Place Market, PPS has been at the forefront of making markets economic and social catalysts again.


PPS has partnered with placemakers in more than 200 cities and towns around the world during the last 25 years on bottom-up projects that provide invaluable insights into how to make markets economically sustainable centers of community life. LEARN MORE


Kelly Verel