Report: D.C. is wasting millions of tax dollars annually on ‘ineffective’ incentive programs | Curbed DC

March 27, 2019
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On March 27, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts in D.C. was cited by Curbed DC:

The DCFPI report also critiques the District’s tax incentives for grocery stores to move into underserved areas, saying these incentives cost $29 million in revenue from 2010 to 2017, with only three supermarkets currently serving neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.

Pointing to a 2017 report on grocery access from the D.C. Policy Center—another local think tank—DCFPI says the vast majority of recent supermarket development in D.C. has been “in transitioning and higher-income areas that likely would have drawn a supermarket anyway.”

Read more: Report: D.C. is wasting millions of tax dollars annually on ‘ineffective’ incentive programs | Curbed DC

Related: Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation | D.C. Policy Center

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