This blog’s work is done:
The study should give group members a good idea of how much start-up money they need and where they should locate the store. They’re looking at neighborhoods Marsh called “food deserts” – where there are no large grocery stores with fresh produce.
That includes areas in downtowns on both sides of the river, [Colleen ]Marsh said. She said the co-op wants people living downtown to have access to healthy food and fresh produce.
“In our area, the non-mixed used zoning has led to more of these food deserts,” she said. “For residents who live right downtown there are no fully functioning grocery stores.”
I kid of course, but I like to think I’ve done my small part to help people understand the political trade-offs of zoning more clearly. This tends to be an issue that is invisible to people besides older homeowners, which is a travesty because land use rules are the tool young people have to shape cities to meet their wants and needs. Want better quality apartments and more affordable modern housing? Want more food trucks, and neighborhood restaurants and retail? Want higher quality public transit? Want better nightlife options? It’s all about local government land use and zoning rules. Don’t cede this stuff to the old folks!