Monday, June 9, 2008

food desert

Most neighborhoods in Detroit are food deserts. That is, access to produce and fresh food is severely limited, while access to food at all is a challenge, to say the least. I'll attach a link to the 2007 LaSalle Bank Study that supports this classification, but for now wanted to include these images. Using our project and EarthWorks as a center point, one can reach these stores within 20-30 minutes by bike, 45 minutes or so on foot, or through 2 city bus lines. Keep in mind that bus service is infrequent (hourly at best for these lines.)
Not served by any major grocery chain, Detroiters instead can buy food from corner stores such as these. Beer and liquor predominate the stock, packaged or processed food supplements the offerings, while cashiers sit behind bullet proof glass.

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