Beyond Food Deserts: Measuring and Mapping Racial Disparities in Neighborhood Food Environments

Journal of Planning Education and Research, 27: 469-482, 2008

By: , Pavan Yadav, Samina Raja
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This article investigates the food environment in Erie County, New York, finding that while there are no food deserts, different racial groups have access to different food destinations. People of color have less access to supermarkets but more access to small grocery stores. It concludes that improving these small grocery stores may be a better method of improving the food environment than replacing them with a supermarket.