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A Terminal Market System New York's Most Urgent Need; Some Observations, Comments, and Comparisons of European Markets by Madeleine Black is a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of the challenges facing New York City's market system. Black brings her extensive knowledge and experiences to shed light on the urgent need for a terminal market system in the city, drawing comparisons to established European markets.

The book delves into the complexities of New York City's current market system, highlighting its inefficiencies and drawbacks. Through extensive research and personal observations, Black offers a comprehensive analysis of the existing challenges, such as congestion, lack of centralized distribution, and inadequate storage facilities.

One of the strengths of this book is the author's ability to draw upon her experiences visiting various European markets. By emphasizing the success stories in European cities like London and Paris, Black portrays a vision of what a well-functioning terminal market system could look like in New York. She skillfully presents case studies and comparative analyses, providing readers with a broader perspective on how a reformed market system could positively impact the city's economy, sustainability, and overall quality of life.

The book does an excellent job of addressing the potential concerns and skepticism surrounding the implementation of a terminal market system. Black tackles common arguments against market reform, while also recognizing the complexities involved. Her comprehensive perspective allows readers to appreciate the nuances and intricate details of such a large-scale transformation.

Moreover, Black's writing style is clear, concise, and accessible to a wide range of readers. She effectively communicates complex concepts without sacrificing depth or accuracy. Additionally, the book is well-organized, with each chapter building upon previous points and seamlessly transitioning between topics.

However, it is worth noting that the book's primary focus is on New York City's market system. While it offers valuable insights and suggestions for improving the local market, readers looking for a broader examination of terminal markets worldwide may find themselves wanting more.

In summary, A Terminal Market System New York's Most Urgent Need; Some Observations, Comments, and Comparisons of European Markets is a compelling and thought-provoking analysis of New York City's market system. Madeleine Black presents a convincing argument for the implementation of a terminal market system while drawing inspiration from successful examples in Europe. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in urban planning, economic development, or the future of local markets.

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Copyright, 1912, by Mrs. Elmer Black

A Terminal Market System

New York's Most Urgent Need

Some Observations, Comments and Comparisons of European Markets



Member of the Advisory Board of the New York Terminal Market Commission



Foreword 3 The Markets of the United States 5 The Markets of the British Isles 5 The Markets of the German Empire 13 The Markets of France 23 The Markets of Austria Hungary 29 The Markets of Holland 30 The Markets of Belgium 30 Comments 31


Covent Garden Market 6 Smithfield in the Olden Days 8 Delivering Meat at Smithfield Today 8 Inside Smithfield Market 10 Billingsgate Fish Market, London 12 Berlin's Terminal Market 14 Interior of the Berlin Central Market 16 Ground Plan of the Munich Market 18 Munich's Modern Terminal Market 20 The Paris Halles, exterior view 24 The Paris Halles; Keen Morning Buyers 26 A Drastic Inspection 28


In the belief that the establishment of a first class Terminal Market system, worthy of twentieth century requirements, is a matter of vital importance to every family in New York, I have spent considerable time during the past few months investigating markets on both sides of the Atlantic... Continue reading book >>

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Reviewer: - March 29, 2017
Partial text reproduced with permission from Carol M. Highsmith, co-author, Reading Terminal and Market, 1994

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