UPDATE II: In that same green blob is Target store #151 that sells groceries too.
UPDATE III: Ebisu Asian Market (now called Lucky Asian Market) is also inside the green area.
UPDATE YET ANOTHER (IV): Mi Pueblo Super Mercado in Downtown West
UPDATE V: India Market in Downtown West
More on the Three Rivers Market food co-op here, along with the Super Walmart/Sam's food desert.
Seems that the First Lady is making a bunch of hay about "food deserts" in America, and has been for years. I was wondering if there are any around where I live, and just exactly where they were. This is what I found while checking the United States Department of Agriculture map just moments before this post:
giant bus stop between them (stop #7). In case you are unaware, the Walmart has a large grocery area with an incredible produce department. Sams is in large part a food warehouse. Right across the interstate from Walmart and Sams is the the Sunrise international supermarket. Farther to the west is the Far East Asian Market. The shaded area is predominantly office parks and such, with a decent number of apartment buildings too.
The green area is more interesting. It meets the USDA's original definition of "food desert" and a large portion of the northeast portion is the West Town Mall complex (complete with a food court and artisan food sellers), directly across the street from a large Food City grocery store (#694).
But wait, it gets worse as you get closer to more stores and eateries. Just take a look at what the shape of the rest of the city!
Oriental Supermart, and the Knox Plaza Kroger supermarket.
If the federal government wants to be taken seriously, they really need to try harder.
Special thanks to Glenn Reynolds for mentioning this on his blog.
Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ