11.15.2011

Government: Wise County Is Not A "Food Desert". A Lot of Jack County Is, However



I think its defined as a highly populated area of poor people where a grocery store isn't really close by, or even a low populated area of poor people where a grocery store is really far away.

Or as the gubment' says:

To qualify, an area must be a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store:

To qualify as a “low-income community,” a census tract must have either: 1) a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher, OR 2) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area's median family income;

To qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).

Credit: Bud Kennedy. Complete map here.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah and it's got bumps all over it.

Anonymous said...

Ok,so why does the D/FW road map look like something we've all seen with bumps on it?

Anonymous said...

Madame Du Obama said let them eat steak and arugula.

Anonymous said...

That Market Place in Decatur blows. And Shelton (100% weirdo) has gone around buying up all the land where a new supermarket could go in.

PW said...

I don't understand the purpose of this. Poor people live where there are no grocery stores? The govn't wants everyone to live within a mile of a grocery store? Either way, Jack County may be poor, but it sure isn't heavily populated.

Anonymous said...

4:05 Wake up dambass! Texas controls it's own economy. We are a Republican state at the state level and local level. Nothing Obama does realy effects us.

HarveyLee said...

Aren't there some high income neighborhoods that are more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store?
What does all of this jibbar-jabber mean?

PW said...

I could see why this would bother Bud Kennedy. He's been pushing maximum density for a while now.
Probably carries a copy wherever he goes.

Anonymous said...

are they ever going to open the marketplace in alvoid?

Anonymous said...

"Well, I'll tell y'all what.....that Decatur Walmart sure carries some high-tone stuff. It's similar to that Walmart on University in Denton, compared to the Bowie Walmart AND the Gainesville Walmart." That's what my Dad tells me whenever we go to that hellhole in Decatur after one of his doctor visits. I shop at the mom and pop stores, like Fischers in Muenster, except when I take him to a doctor's appointment, and he makes me take him to Walmart while we are out. We only go to the Bowie Walmart when he's desperate for some sugary crap, because he doesn't go to a doctor there. Dayum, he has a lot of doctor's appointments.

Anonymous said...

IT means poor people frequently have no access to a super market.
I live in an area where two stores closed near the "South Oak Cliff" like area and opened a whole food near the "Highland Park" area. Those poor people have no cars and now have to ride the bus to a store.
It means unequal access to food. It means life sucks if you have no car, no job, no way to access food.
If you own a store do you want to sell cheap food to poor people or caviar to rich.....

Anonymous said...

What about those bumps?

Anonymous said...

So what's the point? The government spent good money - that's OUR money - so that we could know if we're near or far from a Piggly-Wiggly? How in the hell did Lewis and Clark make it to the west coast without that information?

We've become a nation of wusses. Is this study going to be used to justify legislation providing for an egalitarian solution, a la the Community Reinvestment Act, whereby everyone is guaranteed easy access to Central Market?

Gimme a break!

And, I'll apologize in advance for this next, but - of all people, Bud Kennedy really needn't be that concerned about where his next groceries are coming from...

Anonymous said...

@4:30 -- 4:05 may be as you say, however, you betray an exceptionally low level of understanding of how things work.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was a map to food dessert

Anonymous said...

6:00 - What's your point?

Long time passing, folks moved to live near water, farm/ranchland, wildlife, so they could survive. Are we to understand that you're criticizing the Oak Cliff store closings?

Maybe the south Dallas (or south Dallas style) stores' owners got tired of the risk of employees and customers being robbed, beaten, raped or murdered on their parking lots, and being shoplifted. Doesn't the 'it takes a village' surrounding community have a responsibility to bring its rogue elements under control?

Not to mention the constant shakedown circus from the latest reincarnations of Elsie Faye Higgins, Al Lipscomb, Don Hill or JWP.

But no, it's easier and trendier to whine about the rich bastard fat cats not helping the poor grocery shoppers. Let you in on a secret - the biggest competitive threat in the grocery industry caters mainly to low-to-moderate income customers, because that's where the volume is. (BTW, where the hell is there a right, articulated or otherwise, to equal access to food? YGBSM!


If grocers moving out of Oak Cliff tears at your heart so damned much, go plunk down or borrow $10 million to start yo' own sto' in the 'hood.

Let us know how that works out for ya.

Anonymous said...

Folks, as usual, your desire to show your partisanship overwhelms your ability to read or learn. It's called research and what they found "might" help us in the future. Part of the reason the USDA did the research was to determine if poor access to food is part of what's making our population obese and unhealthy.

USDA Study

BTW, the government decided to do it in 2008 (Bush). But, the USDA has been doing research for decades under every administration.

The Devil said...

I wonder if these poor folks ever thought about harvesting deer and other animals for food. I bet the poor folks in Jack county live right in the middle of nature's supermarket!

Bud Kennedy said...

Oh. I thought it was a map of desserts--

Anonymous said...

yawn