The Reading Terminal Market, which is visited by 61/2 million shoppers and tourists a year, will be recognized Wednesday as one of the "10 Great Public Spaces in America."

The Washington-based American Planning Association designates 10 noteworthy public spaces each year. The organization contacted the market in the spring to apply, market officials said.

Paul Steinke, the market's general manager, said the designation was an honor for the market and the city.

The market was chosen because of its history and function in Philadelphia, and the diversity of its food stores and customer base, Steinke said. There are 76 independently owned retailers in the market, which opened in 1892.

The American Planning Association will announce the designation at a news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the market.

- Bob Fernandez


The great public spaces for 2014:

Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I.

Delaware Park, Buffalo, N.Y.

Great Plains Trails Network, Lincoln, Neb.

Lake Mirror Park, Lakeland, Fla.

Lithia Park, Ashland, Ore.

Point State Park, Pittsburgh.

Rainier Vista, Seattle.

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia.

The Lawn at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.