Article: – Quartz: From roadside trading to hipster supermarkets, how we buy food reflects the state of the economy

A nice, clear synopsis of how food markets evolved from a community anchor through increasing levels of efficiency and resultant impersonalization (along with greater convenience). The author also notes the emergence of specialty markets focused on local products and services, mentioning Granville Island in Vancouver as an example. Here’s a nice story describing how Granville Island transformed from industrial decline to vital city center.