On DATE, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by HillRag:
The store served an area that has historically been underserved by such full-service grocery stores –which the H Street Walmart had along with its other retail offerings.
Recent research by the DC Policy Center shows that there is a specific geography to food access in DC. So-called “food deserts” are neighborhoods that lack ready access to a full-service grocery store.
The Walmart on H Street NW was just blocks from one such residential area. It’s a neighborhood with multiple public and low-income housing buildings with thousands of residents who call the area home.
Several blocks and a dozen railroad lines over on H Street NE, there are two higher-end grocery stores including a Whole Foods. These stores are bright and new with a wide range of products and foods.
They are also above the budgets of most of the residents who used to depend on Walmart as their primary food store. This is just one more example in a long line of neighborhood assets that lower income Washingtonians depended on closing up shop, leaving either no other option or pricier “new” options.
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