There are seven USDA-defined food deserts in DC, comprised of 11 neighborhoods. Many more than that struggle with issues of food scarcity, like Washington Highlands in Ward 8. This Ward has the highest rate of diabetes, the second highest rate of obesity and the fewest grocery stores of any Ward in the District. In cramped cities, corner stores often replace full-size grocery stores, providing residents a convenient place to shop. The corner store in Washington Highlands, however, cannot afford to carry fresh produce and has been struggling to do so for over a year. My thesis, Deserts in the District, documents one neighborhood, its local economy, its food access, and several residents who all live with food scarcity.
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Copyright April 27, 2013