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The USDA defines a food desert as“a low income-census tract where either a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. ”This is the case with South Los Angeles, where grocery stores are scarce, magnifying the dependency on corner and convenience stores, and fast food restaurants. Government and advocacy organizations recognize this as an issue of inequity, yet the problem persists. Meanwhile, the data that is available is not comprehensive and is quickly becoming outdated. The aim of this study is to develop a detailed, current map of where fresh, healthy food is unavailable in South Los Angeles, and whether this is correlated with population demographics. This project will illuminate persisting inaccessibility of fresh, local, organic produce in South Los Angeles and provide data for residents and political activists fighting to bring healthy food back into this food desert.
Tiffany, Alice, "Mapping the South Los Angeles Food Desert" (2018). Center for Urban Resilience Research Posters. 9.