Food desert, Supermarket, Food systems planning
Supermarkets are often proposed as a solution to “food deserts” – places where access to healthy food appears limited. In places as diverse as New York City and Portland, Oregon, planners have incentivized supermarkets to locate in these under-served areas. However, there are some serious problems with both the notion of food deserts and the promotion of supermarkets as the answer. As an alternative, we propose that planners and their colleagues focus on community-based solutions, rather than strategies that mostly benefit corporations.
Horst, Megan; Raj, Subhashni; and Brinkley, Catherine, "Getting Outside the Supermarket Box: Alternatives to "Food Deserts"" (2016). Urban Studies and Planning Faculty Publications and Presentations. 191.
This article is based on a presentation at the recent conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).