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Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market Named “Great Public Space”

The Broad Street Market in Harrisburg

The Broad Street Market has been named a “2019 Great Public Space,” joining two other places statewide in receiving the designation.

Harrisburg’s historic, 19th-century market was one of three places statewide honored this year by the PA chapter of the American Planning Association as part of its “Great Places” program.

The association cited the market’s “unique mix of vendors,” “diverse array of ethnic cuisine” and its history of acting as a business incubator as among its strengths. It also lauded the market, which consists of two market buildings, for its important role in fostering community and for participating in community events, such as 3rd in the Burg, the city’s monthly arts and nightlife event.

“With its unique characteristics, diversity of vendors, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, and community engagement this ‘Great Public Space’ is a treasure that contributes to the increasing vitality of the Midtown neighborhood,” the association said in a statement.

In addition to the Broad Street Market, the association named Ligonier Diamond Park in Ligonier (Westmoreland County) and Main Street Bethlehem as “Great Public Spaces.” It also named the South Bethlehem Greenway in Bethlehem for its “Great Transformation.”

Each year, the association honors places in Pennsylvania that it says have a “sustainable vision for the future and serve as a model for other communities.” Last year, it cited Buhl Park in Hermitage, Central Park in Doylestown Township, Emmaus Triangle Park in Emmaus, the Susquehanna Riverfront in Lock Haven and the Village of Boiling Springs as “Great Public Spaces.”

For more information on the “Great Places” program, visit

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