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Old 01-27-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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food desert: Any area in the industrialized world where healthful, affordable food is difficult to obtain. (Wikipedia)

There's been a certain amount of progress made recently in the City of St Louis, bringing decent grocers to neighborhoods that previously were sorely lacking. Culinaria was rolled out downtown. A new Schnucks came to Union and Natural Bridge. A couple Save-A-Lot stores popped up here and there. But unfortunately, there's still plenty of room for improvement.

The USDA has identified areas across the nation which do not have easy access to healthful food. Here: Food Desert Locator
The City of St. Louis happens to contain several of these areas. Primarily, nearly all of the city north of I-70 is considered one big food desert. But there are also patches throughout the central corridor, south and west of downtown, and in the extreme southeastern parts of the city.
Some of the neighborhoods in these zones include North Riverfront, Baden, Walnut Park, Cheltenham, Forest Park SE, Downtown West, Gate District, Lafayette Square, LaSalle Park, Soulard, Mount Pleasant, Marine Villa, and The Patch.

Yes, Soulard is a food desert! Does this come to a surprise to anyone?
Any thoughts or ideas?
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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You can find more healthy, affordable food at the Soulard Market than at any grocery store in STL. I would hardly consider that a "food desert."
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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This subject has been posted before, a couple of years ago, and was thoroughly disproved.
According to that map, Butler county, MO is a "food desert".
Upon further inspection, they are claiming the area I live in, eastern Marion county, FL, is a "food desert".....duh, its a National Forest, the part they are speaking of, no one lives in.
Sheesh, talk about manipulating data.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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food desert: Any area in the industrialized world where healthful, affordable food is difficult to obtain. (Wikipedia)

There's been a certain amount of progress made recently in the City of St Louis, bringing decent grocers to neighborhoods that previously were sorely lacking. Culinaria was rolled out downtown. A new Schnucks came to Union and Natural Bridge. A couple Save-A-Lot stores popped up here and there. But unfortunately, there's still plenty of room for improvement.

The USDA has identified areas across the nation which do not have easy access to healthful food. Here: Food Desert Locator
The City of St. Louis happens to contain several of these areas. Primarily, nearly all of the city north of I-70 is considered one big food desert. But there are also patches throughout the central corridor, south and west of downtown, and in the extreme southeastern parts of the city.
Some of the neighborhoods in these zones include North Riverfront, Baden, Walnut Park, Cheltenham, Forest Park SE, Downtown West, Gate District, Lafayette Square, LaSalle Park, Soulard, Mount Pleasant, Marine Villa, and The Patch.

Yes, Soulard is a food desert! Does this come to a surprise to anyone?
Any thoughts or ideas?
The Market and Vincents say that it is not a desert
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: South St Louis
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^We can only assume that the USDA considers such small grocers to be unaffordable, lacking in nutritional options, or both. Not all grocers carry a full line of fresh produce, for example.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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I'm doing a tv show this Thursday evening on Food Deserts/Food Security in the St. Louis region. Would you be interested on appearing on the show to talk about this from the perspective of a citizen?
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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I wonder what the "food desert" criteria are...if it involves being able to walk to places. I live in Lafayette Square and within a mile or so have Culinaria downtown, Soulard Market, Vincents, Gustine's (Benton Park). With 64 and 44 so close it's 10 minutes or so to many other choices.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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There's also Save a Lot opening on Jefferson and Lafayette within the next year or less, and there's a Fri/Sat food wholesaler on 7th I think. Never been there.
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