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Food Deserts

November 13, 2019, 1pm PST
When a town doesn’t have a grocery store, it means people don’t have access to food. But grocery stores also play an essential social and economic role in rural places. Community stores are trying to fill in the void.
The New York Times
September 21, 2019, 11am PDT
Research indicates that opening a supermarket in an area that needs it is not enough. The ownership model and relationship to the community are essential to long-term success.
The Conversation
January 18, 2019, 10am PST
Supermarket closings have turned parts of the city into food deserts. As a result, residents lack access to fresh food and suffer health and economic consequences.
Louisville Courier Journal
September 24, 2018, 11am PDT
A hydroponic farm on the grounds of the Texas State Fair helps residents in the food deserts of South Dallas.
The Dallas Morning News
March 22, 2018, 10am PDT
Salvation Army grocery stores opening across the United States will provide lower income families with better access to healthy foods.
Modern Cities
February 19, 2018, 1pm PST
According to one recent study, regional culture plays a major part in how healthily people eat. Supply may be less of a factor than demand.
The Washington Post
January 23, 2018, 9am PST
Now proposing to add another 900 stores in 2018, Dollar General continues to rapidly expand throughout the U.S. However, their push for a smaller more urban format is something seriously worth watching.
Modern Cities
December 22, 2017, 6am PST
The Moby Mart is an autonomous, staffless, mobile store, turning every parking space in the world into a potential new 24-hour store.
Modern Cities
October 19, 2017, 8am PDT
Neighborhoods with mostly minority populations in Washington, D.C. suffer from a lack of quality grocery stores. A large group of neighborhood activists are trying to do something about it.
Greater Greater Washington
October 6, 2017, 10am PDT
A new map reveals the scale of the food desert challenge in Cleveland and environs.
The Plain Dealer
September 27, 2017, 6am PDT
Hoping a concrete diagnosis of the problem will help Maryland solve its food desert problem, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has built a map of the areas most in need of fresh groceries.
Governing
July 26, 2017, 1pm PDT
"A hungry world is not a just world," says one of the local residents quoted in this story about a community garden in Denver.
The Denver Post
June 20, 2017, 6am PDT
If passed, St. Louis's new zoning regulations will allow residents of St. Louis to keep up to eight rabbits or chickens, among other animals.
Next City
February 7, 2017, 9am PST
Pulling in community members and a network of local nonprofits, Phoenix's "Spaces of Opportunity" is an attempt to make urban farming something more than a catchphrase.
The Architect's Newspaper
November 24, 2016, 5am PST
Is Whole Foods making Thanksgiving accessible for residents of Englewood in Chicago?
The Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2016, 9am PDT
Food desert-busting is one of the cross-over opportunities between planning and public health, but it's unclear how effective bringing healthy foods to underserved neighborhoods has been.
The Dallas Morning News
December 11, 2015, 9am PST
Quartz makes the point that supermarkets alone won't solve the problem of poor diets among low-income Americans.
Quartz
October 26, 2015, 9am PDT
A map of Pittsburgh's food deserts illustrates a nationwide problem with food insecurity.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 15, 2015, 5am PDT
Communities in West Virginia are organizing and working to fill their needs for healthy, fresh food as grocery stores in the region close.
WV Public Broadcasting
March 27, 2015, 6am PDT
Plagued by supermarket chains and natural disasters, the public markets of New Orleans could help revive community identity. Here are some of the ways they're getting back in business.
Next City