International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Mark Tigan, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Kathryn Madden


public markets, farmers markets, entrepreneurship, street vendor, urban economy


The purpose of this paper is to examine the possible economic and community development impacts of entry-level public markets (e.g. fixed location markets, farmers markets, etc.) on the communities in which they operate. While there is extensive literature around their benefits to vendors, community health and public space, there is comparative little on the interplay between these markets and more traditional brick and mortar businesses. The background and definition of these markets, the basic common characteristics that define them, and some of the benefits they can offer for economic and community development are each explored. It then examines two different markets in two different cities, taking special focus on the interplay between these markets and their brick and mortar counter-parts. Finally, the question of how these lessons might be applied to economic development efforts in the city of Worcester is examined.





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