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New ShopRite Supermarket To
End Howard Park ‘Food Desert’

WJZ-TV [Baltimore, MD], by Christie Ileto

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/7/2013 3:48:27 PM

BALTIMORE — A long-awaited supermarket is finally coming to West Baltimore. As Christie Ileto explains, a 67,000 square foot grocery store ends what residents have long called the “food desert” in Howard Park. Ask any Howard Park resident where the nearest grocery store is and they’ll tell you: “We have to go across tracks to Food King or Security Boulevard,” said Anthony. “Oh, wow. You’re looking at a good mile either way,” said Donald Sterling. After 14 years without a grocery store, area residents relying on public transit will soon look no further than their front doors.

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Food desert = no grocery store within 1 mile.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: farmwife, 5/7/2013 3:53:24 PM     (No. 9315092)

How much money do taxpayers have in this?


Reply 2 - Posted by: joew9, 5/7/2013 3:56:50 PM     (No. 9315096)

A mile?! My closest grocery store is a bit over 5 miles away. And I wouldn´t have it any other way.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 5/7/2013 3:59:42 PM     (No. 9315100)

Check back in a year or two to see if it is still there, what their "shrinkage" factor is, and if they are making any money (or have to raise prices to cover the shrinkage, which will be seen as "gouging")


Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 5/7/2013 4:01:07 PM     (No. 9315102)

I live in the desert, not the food desert, of Scottsdale. No market for two miles. Somehow we manage though in the summer it takes a toll on the camels. Wow a whole mile to get food. Next they´ll want it home delivered.


Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/7/2013 4:03:25 PM     (No. 9315107)

How long until they rob it, trash it and burn it down.....


Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/7/2013 4:07:43 PM     (No. 9315117)

I once went shopping for a friend at a Baltimore supermarket, which had a guard at the door.

On the way out to my car, I was accosted by a very persistent man who looked like an addict. He demanded that he "help" me with my packages, and despite being told no thanks, proceeded to grab them. Then he demanded a tip, and he wasn´t taking no for an answer. Reaching blindly into my pocket, I came up with a $5 bill and thrust it at him. I was glad it wasn´t a $20, but I would have given that to him just to get away. Meanwhile, a Baltimore cop was sitting in his cruiser, quite nearby.

A friend who visited Baltimore had a similar incident at a gas station.

Until they clean up that city, I don´t predict success for ShopRite, or any other store.


Reply 7 - Posted by: losgatos, 5/7/2013 4:07:51 PM     (No. 9315118)

I´ve lived in a food desert all my life and didn´t know it. At least us taxpayers won´t have to pay for taxis for the 3 or 4 people who live right next to this new store.


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: skedaddle, 5/7/2013 4:13:54 PM     (No. 9315127)

Oh, I´m so glad the residents of Howard Park won´t have to go a whole mile to steal groceries anymore.


Reply 9 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 5/7/2013 4:18:11 PM     (No. 9315133)

Wow, a whole mile!

When home, I bicycle 2.5 to the closest supermarket to my home.


Reply 10 - Posted by: happywarrior, 5/7/2013 4:24:30 PM     (No. 9315142)

Yes #8, not to mention Howard Park´s new decor will be stolen grocery carts. Love that look. \s


Reply 11 - Posted by: peebster, 5/7/2013 4:25:08 PM     (No. 9315144)

.."city leaders broke ground"...I give it 18 months...tops.


Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/7/2013 4:25:38 PM     (No. 9315146)

Amazing how they´ve "always" called it a food desert while most of us were unfamiliar with that term until Mooch sprung it as part of her photo op campaign series.

No mention of why there´d been no market there for 14 years. Even our supermarketless areas have numerous small independently-run markets that carry basic foods and household items. And many have fresh meats and produce.

This sounds like propaganda to me.


   

 

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Reply 13 - Posted by: stymie82, 5/7/2013 4:28:34 PM     (No. 9315151)

Wonder how may forties will be heisted per month?


Reply 14 - Posted by: viking diver, 5/7/2013 4:44:10 PM     (No. 9315171)

15 miles one direction and 13 miles the next, had no clue I was in a food "desert"
good grief people are so helpless and needy.


Reply 15 - Posted by: veritas, 5/7/2013 5:04:30 PM     (No. 9315194)

Yeah, well, Michelle´s "food deserts" happen to fall on just about exactly the same areas as the Sequoia forests of shoplifting; theft; assault; car-jacking; drug-dealing; welfare; illegal guns; murders; and black politicians´ districts.

Not that the first is in any way related to the latter characteristics, y´unnershtand.

#3: The thefts will start within one week of the construction commencing.

#4: Please let us know how your camels do. [Love the post!]

#is subsidized, we get more of. Like: "helplessness"; "the needy"; and illegitimate children, generation upon generation.

Had enough, anyone?


Reply 16 - Posted by: bobgray2, 5/7/2013 5:08:11 PM     (No. 9315200)

Don´t you know that it is a Constitutional right to have a grocery store within walking distance?


Reply 17 - Posted by: Bevan, 5/7/2013 5:14:13 PM     (No. 9315203)

When I moved here to Lusby, MD (we´re proud lusbians) 16 years ago, the nearest grocery store was 18 miles in any direction.


   

 

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Reply 18 - Posted by: woodenleg, 5/7/2013 5:23:37 PM     (No. 9315209)

So the people of this community are so incapable and incompetent, that creating their own grocery store as a viable solution was out of the question? The only thing that could be done was to have those in political power create an economic incentive for a national corporation to come in and do this?
My heart breaks for the people of Baltimore.


Reply 19 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 5/7/2013 6:06:38 PM     (No. 9315262)

"Food desert"? Isn´t this an invention of Michelle 0bama?

My in-laws live in the northwestern most part of MT, in a very small town with a small grocery store that is expensive. They are 100 miles from the nearest Costco and WalMart. They still hunt and fish and have a few freezers full of game and fish. And they like it that way.


Reply 20 - Posted by: valinva, 5/7/2013 6:59:48 PM     (No. 9315353)

I have to drive 1.6 miles to the grocery store in suburban Nashville. I demand that the Federal government build a supermarket .25 miles away. Make it a Whole Foods.


Reply 21 - Posted by: udanja99, 5/7/2013 7:02:27 PM     (No. 9315356)

I live 45 miles outside DC and the nearest supermarket is 11 miles away. Who knew that the wealthiest county in the country ( Loudoun ) is a food desert?


Reply 22 - Posted by: birddog, 5/7/2013 7:04:27 PM     (No. 9315359)

No grocery within Detroit´s City Limits. Lot´s of Lotto and Liquor Joints...none deserted.


   

 



 
Reply 23 - Posted by: Susieq1, 5/7/2013 7:09:31 PM     (No. 9315365)

Living in the "food desert" here but was unaware until now. Supermarkets 20 miles one way.


Reply 24 - Posted by: Screwgun, 5/7/2013 7:23:43 PM     (No. 9315378)

I´ll be right back. I have to call my broker to short ShopRite stock.


Reply 25 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 5/7/2013 7:41:11 PM     (No. 9315397)

#24 - darn it - you beat me. Stock tips like this work when you are among the first. It´s going to be a crowded trade, but should pay off until the store is closed.

The "locals" are planning on celebrating its Grand Opening with one of those flash riots when they all run in, grab as much as they can, assault any stupids and employees that they can and then run. Oh, and isn´t Baltimore a "no gun" zone?


Reply 26 - Posted by: veritas, 5/7/2013 11:28:19 PM     (No. 9315773)

#24: Ask how we can short: Baltimore; Camden; Detroit; ...


Reply 27 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 5/8/2013 7:47:50 AM     (No. 9316080)

It won´t be open at night and will only sell non- pershishable food. Pretty hard to have electricity when all your copper wire is stolen during construction.



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