Author Baics, Gergely
Article Title The geography of urban food retail: locational principles of public market provisioning in New York City, 1790–1860
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Source Urban history. vol. 43, pt. 3 (Aug. 2016), p. 435-453 :maps
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Journal Title Urban history.
Copy vol. 43, pt. 3 (Aug. 2016), p. 435-453 :maps
ISSN 0963-9268
Brief substance This article contributes to discussions about the spatial organization of urban food retail on empirical and theoretical grounds. As a case-study, it presents new analysis of New York City's public market system between 1790 and 1860, documenting its expansion and geography relative to urban growth, and how the deregulation of the meat trade by the 1840s reshaped this vital infrastructure. More broadly, it theorizes the municipal market system's geographic principles, emphasizing its countervailing dynamics of agglomeration and dispersal. Exploiting the city's transition from a public to a free market model, it further demonstrates how distinct political economies produced profoundly different geographies of retail food distribution
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