A Butcher at Everyone’s Doorstep? Spatial Regulation and Meat Retail Patterns in Mid-nineteenth-century Brussels

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In 1847 the Brussels municipal council sought to bring meat within closer reach of its citizens, abolishing regulation restricting fresh meat sales to meat halls and markets. In doing so it hoped to attract new butchers to the city, who would establish shops scattered across the city and drive down prices through competition. Analysing butcher addresses in GIS, this article aims to understand the degree to which the council’s dream of better access to meat for consumers became a reality. Combining this analysis with preserved price series, it finds that, while butchers did set up shop across the city, high meat prices prevented a true democratization of meat consumption
Originele taal-2English
TijdschriftFood & History
StatusAccepted/In press - 19 feb 2024

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