Beyond Food Deserts

  title={Beyond Food Deserts},
  author={Samina Raja and Changxing Ma and Pavan Yadav},
  journal={Journal of Planning Education and Research},
  pages={469 - 482}
Given the emerging focus on improving food environments and food systems through planning, this article investigates racial disparities in neighborhood food environments. An empirical case of Erie County, New York tests the hypothesis that people belonging to different racial groups have access to different neighborhood food destinations. Using multiple methods—Gini coefficients and Poisson regression—we show that contrary to studies elsewhere in the country there are no food deserts in Erie… Expand

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