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.
July 17, 2016, 7am PDT
Hoping to attract investments in grocery stores in the food desert of southern Dallas, the City Council recently approved a $3 million enticement.
March 15, 2016, 6am PDT
Thought eh majority of grocery stores that have closed in New York City recent years were located in Brooklyn, the issue still spreads far and wide through the city's boroughs.
December 11, 2015, 9am PST
Quartz makes the point that supermarkets alone won't solve the problem of poor diets among low-income Americans.
April 2, 2014, 5am PDT
Walk Score’s new food desert map is a potentially powerful tool in the ongoing policy debate about access to healthy foods. But it’s still a work in progress.
March 31, 2014, 9am PDT
Angie Schmitt shares news of an effort by WalkScore to rank cities based on the ability of residents to access grocery stores on foot. WalkScore invites planners all over country to use their data to improve walkable access to food in cities.
March 3, 2014, 1pm PST
An estimated 500,000 residents of the Atlanta area live without access to grocery stores. A recent article asks the obvious question: “Why can we build multimillion-dollar highway systems and multibillion-dollar stadiums but not more grocery stores?"
January 12, 2013, 9am PST
What does the impending demise of the Fresh & Easy grocery chain mean for food deserts? Hannah Burton Laurison and Christine Fry look at how small-format grocery stores can still succeed where Fresh & Easy failed.
October 28, 2011, 8am PDT
The Trader Joe's grocery chain, which has long cultivated a funky neighborhood vibe, is going national and opening bigger stores. Will communities still love a big box TJs?
May 10, 2011, 2pm PDT
The "food deserts" problem is receiving heightened attention following the release of the USDA's locator map. But this analysis relies on the suspect premise that suburban supermarkets are superior to small, walkable urban foodsellers.
January 17, 2011, 8am PST
The New York Times reports that retailers more used to selling aspirin and greeting cards are now offering more elaborate grocery options.
October 7, 2010, 9am PDT
Supermarkets are moving in to spaces vacated by department stores in malls, which until recently were too costly for grocery stores to rent.
October 5, 2010, 11am PDT
Activists who want to solve the problem of "food deserts" in underserved areas push for co-ops and and independent grocery stores. But would large chains like WalMart be a better solution?
September 26, 2010, 7am PDT
"Indoor positioning systems" are getting closer to reality, placing products at your fingertips by tracking them down within the store.
September 16, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>Grist</em>'s food editor visits Detroit, where the lack of grocery stores has inspired a number of innovative, locally-grown food projects.
June 19, 2010, 5am PDT
A new study shows a significant increase in planned new retail stores over the past three months, and discounters and grocery stores are leading the way.
June 9, 2010, 2pm PDT
Typically thought of as a war to protect small businesses in communities from being swallowed up by a giant, the local opposition to Wal-Mart stores is often funded secretly by other major grocery chains.
May 20, 2010, 6am PDT
To survive, neighborhoods need to be commercially viable. A group called the Food Trust believes grocery stores are a good starting point for creating that economic climate.
May 18, 2010, 7am PDT
A major grocer in Ohio is trying to keep some of its smaller stores open in areas that would otherwise be food deserts. But profits are hard to come by, and stores continue to move out of town.
August 9, 2009, 9am PDT
Retail Traffic Magazine reports that grocery stores are increasingly moving into the spaces vacated by big box and chain retailers.