Markets – The Centre Point of a Community

The quest for economic growth has always had great ramifications throughout history. It seems that there is sometimes some type of social trade off when improving the GDP per capita of a country. And there is no fault in a developing country for going through on this deal. It is a decision made for the livelihood of its people.

How these individual countries evolve is unique, yet their vision is very much set on having a similar modern structure to the North American way. Yet, what is lost in the corporate North American adaptation is the idea of community.

Inside From An Outsider has previously covered ideals brought forward to developing nations. This article instead teaches us what impoverished countries have been practicing for ages – the central area of a goods market and how it strengthens the social fabric of a population.

Food markets, flea markets and every central meeting place in between have been around for centuries and are essential to the idea of civilization.

Jean Talon Market, Montreal, Canada

No matter where in the world, these places show the interdependence of a community to provide for each other in its purest form. The social cohesion is built up on this notion of human interaction and through the exchange of value in a very fundamental way.

Markets draw in the connection of the metropolitan world with the agricultural industry – signifying how the agricultural activities are such a large component of our lives. It is the awareness we need in this era of North Americanism, where many people do not truly know where their food comes from.

An exemplary city for these ideals is Montreal. Yes, this is a North American city. Yet it has such strong European roots that favours the old traditions of food sourcing. Various markets are staples within – with the renowned Jean – Talon and Atwater Market most notable.

Jean – Talon Market in particular gives off a vibrancy that is so appealing. Both a building and open air market, it is so full of life and each little stall seems to tell a story of the local people.

For regions such a Quebec, goods markets are not just simply a place of commerce, but also a place for gathering.

Where super centres and large retailers begin to spread their grasp through globalization, local markets are threatened. This also means our communities are threatened as we look to replace them with some type of prefabricated construct of modern day life we just all seem to accept.

Frequent trips to the market has for years created an interrelation on which our communities are based. Because at the end of the day, the quality of our life is the quality of our relationships – and this includes our simple day to day transactions.

What is you opinion on the status of your current community? Are markets still a present force? Are there central meeting places?

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10 thoughts on “Markets – The Centre Point of a Community

  1. So true and makes me want to take time to search out the few local markets we have, and skip the trips to the big box stores and the shopping centres. No feeling of a social community there!

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  2. Your article is right on point. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place that touts supporting local purveyors yet doesn’t have a dedicated daily public market (at least none that I’ve been able to find). The area has a number of farmers’ markets ranging in size from a few small stands to the large markets in San Francisco. Each of these markets is open only one or two days a week.
    While I do enjoy shopping at these markets it can be a double edged sword. The quality is much better than you would normally find in a supermarket but the cost is often greater than we can afford on a regular basis (I know, you get what you pay for). When we do go to a farmers’ market it’s usually to treat ourselves to specialty items like produce that you normally wouldn’t find at a supermarket or good high quality local cheeses.
    Thank you for visiting my site and commenting on my post about Marche Jean Talon.

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  3. Excellent post. In North America, especially in the USA, local markets were driven out of business by big box retailers which only seek market control. Now, many of those big box stores are sitting empty due to competition from online retailers, particularly Amazon which wants to destroy all it’s competition. Not only have American consumers lost the power to choose from a variety of places for goods, they have become trapped in an impersonal world without the human connections that keep societies healthy. This is NOT a lifestyle to be emulated. What may look modern on the outside is empty and isolating once you enter the system.

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  4. We used to buy fish in Kerala (India) either from the village market or from the fishmonger who used to cycle down the street. At the village market, we brought the produce directly from the farmers. Today the village market has disappeared and consumer stores have come up instead, selling vegetables and fruits imported cheaply from other provinces of India.

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