Tuesday, May 3, 2011
USDA: There are no food deserts in Ward 4
The parts of the District that are recognized as "food deserts" by the USDA are highlighted in pink in the map above.
This was called to our attention by sagacious Ward 4 resident Michele Baskin. She says:
So you know how Wal-Mart is claiming that they are coming to the rescue of "food deserts" in DC? Well this is a link to a map produced by the USDA of food deserts in the US. Type in your address and it will zoom in on DC. And low and behold, what do you see? No food deserts in Ward 4, that's what you see! There are some pockets in Wards 5, 7, and 8, but nothing near us. We can now confidently say that according to the USDA, there is no food desert crisis here that needs to be fixed by a Wal-Mart.
A screenshot of the whole city is above; if you'd like to look at the map more closely you can do so here.
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