Helen Tangires, author of Public Markets and Civic Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
An innovator in cold storage at the end of the nineteenth century, the market established new standards for the buying and selling of food, revolutionizing the industry. Over the next century, it responded nimbly to the advent of the telephone and the automobile, and dodged threats from the Reading Railroad, the Great Depression, World War II, the rise of the supermarket and unionization. Today, responding to a renewed yearning for local products, Reading Terminal Market retains its central prominence in the life of Philadelphia.
About the Author
David K. O’Neil, former general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, directed its overall revitalization from 1981 to 1990. He is an international market consultant and an expert in managing and developing public markets and rebuilding local economies.