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Food Deserts Need the Right Kinds of Supermarkets

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.

September 21, 2019 - The Conversation

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Experiencing the City in the Supermarket

Grocery stores are more than just places to buy food. They’re the universal gateway to city life and culture.

July 16, 2019 - New York Magazine

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Imagining the Future Urban Food Market

Public food markets can be key centers of urban commerce and social life. Late last year, a brainstorming event in London considered how they might evolve to accommodate modern lifestyles and technologies.

January 22, 2016 - Nesta

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Don't Blame Supermarkets for Food Deserts

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December 11, 2015 - Quartz

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New Orleans Public Markets Make a Comeback

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.

March 27, 2015 - Next City

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Fighting Food Deserts in Los Angeles

Public health analysts and justice activists are tackling food deserts in a state known for its agricultural output. Low-income neighborhoods of color are the hardest hit by a lack of grocery options.

March 20, 2015 - Pacific Standard

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America's First Non-Profit Supermarket Provides a Model for Alleviating Food Deserts

Last weekend a new supermarket opened in Chester, Pennsylvania. But this isn't just another Safeway, Chester's groundbreaking non-profit supermarket could provide a model for areas across the country struggling to attract full-service grocers.

October 3, 2013 - Next City

British Food Production Wanes; Should the Government Step In?

"If all the food produced in the UK in a year were stored and eaten from January 1, the 'cupboard' would be bare by August 14" suggests the National Farmers Union. Advocates urge the government to help farmers produce more of the country's food.

August 20, 2013 - The Telegraph U.K.

'Multi-Story Stomach' Solves Supermarkets' Spoiled Food Problem

A first of its kind waste-to-energy plant in Los Angeles produces enough energy to power 2,000 homes per year by processing 150 tons of spoiled supermarket food per day. Could this model help other grocers reduce their environmental footprint?

May 17, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Supermarkets Designed to Make You Fat

Access to healthy food is a major issue in public health. But just because there's a grocery store nearby doesn't mean health will improve. One entrepreneur looking at supermarket design says the way stores are laid out negatively affects health.

May 13, 2011 - The Atlantic

Supermarkets in Britain Remain Controversial Even After Move to Town Centers

After the backlash of suburban development in the 80s and 90s, “supermarket-led development” in town centers remain a contentious issue in Britain.

February 9, 2011 - New Urban Network

Grocers Succeeding in Low-Income Areas

The Save-a-Lot grocery chain has succeeded by going into urban and rural low-income areas that other chains have shied away from.

September 23, 2010 - Retail Traffic Magazine

The Social Supermarket

A new Safeway in Washington, D.C. is breaking the mold in grocery design by tucking the parking away behind the entrance and putting the market upstairs in a 2-story building, with smaller shops for lease on the street.

June 22, 2010 - The Washington Post

Town by Tesco™

While developers in the U.K. have fallen prey to the recession, Tesco supermarkets have been extremely successful. Now the company is planning several new developments of their own with homes and shops centered around the grocery store.

May 5, 2010 - The Guardian U.K.

Rethinking Supermarkets

Supermarkets of the future may become the center of neighborhood life, predicts planner Mark Hinshaw.

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Food Deserts in Los Angeles

A coalition of community groups in L.A. has banded together to address the lack of access to healthy food in sections of East and South Central Los Angeles.

October 12, 2009 - The Christian Science Monitor

Urban Supermarkets, Suburban Designs

Supermarkets are moving back to urban areas like Philadelphia. But their big box designs are decidedly un-urban, according to architecture critic Inga Saffron, who calls for more relevant urban designs.

October 1, 2008 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Supermarket Sweep

Large supermarkets in San Francisco are being replaced with higher-end specialty grocers, and some say it's a bad thing for many customers.

September 22, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle

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