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David O'Neil

Mr. O'Neil is an international market consultant and expert in the management and development of public markets and rebuilding local economies. He is the former General Manager of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, where he directed the overall market revitalization for ten years. Mr. O’Neil also directed the 3rd, 4th and 5th International Public Market Conferences.Mr. O'Neil was a contributing writer and advisor to the Urban Land Institute's recently published book, “Public Markets and Community Revitalization". He recently completed “Reading Terminal Market, An Illustrated History” published by Camino Press in 2003. He has been a consultant to over a hundred historic and new market projects in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Africa and Europe.

After Reading Terminal Market, he traveled the ancient trade routes of Asia, studying markets in cities and remote areas, walking over a thousand miles. He also has the world’s largest collection of market documents and photographs and has lent or donated parts of his collection to museums, periodicals, authors and TV programs. He now serves as Director of the Public Market Collaborative, a network of individuals and organizations who plan, design, develop and operate public markets.

He is also currently an instructor for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, teaching a course in market development. 

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Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

American College of Switzerland, Leysin, Switzerland


Public Markets and Community Revitalization (contributing writer and advisor), Project for Public Spaces, Inc. and Urban Land Institute, 1995.