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  •  You're wrong on this. (7+ / 0-)

    I lived in a really shitty neighborhood in Brooklyn for two years while in school. The sources for food were:

    1. two medium-sized disgusting grocery chain stores, both of them a solid one mile walk, in opposite directions. Both had outdated milk (expiration date: today or tomorrow) that went bad in the fridge within a day or two; a limited selection of wilted, foul-looking produce surrounded by clouds of fruit flies; and the occasional visible roaches on the floor and shelves. I got home from school after 6 pm; my wife got home from work about the same time. For six months of the year this meant there was no way to get home from the grocery store before dark. And trust me, you didn't want to be on the streets after dark. Seriously.
    1. a handful of 'bodegas' selling exclusively canned food, junk food, soda pop and similar crap
    1. a smattering of greasy restaurants and grills, all of them repellant. The closest thing to a tolerable eatery was a Chinese restaurant that did a decent fried rice/chicken thing. Unfortunately we ended up living in an apartment literally right next door. Every morning an army of roaches would boil up out of our shower drain...guess where they were coming from?

    No matter how committed you were, if you lived there, you ate shitty low quality food.

    •  And weekends? (1+ / 0-)
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      desmoinesdem

      Sorry.. I don't buy it.

      Brooklyn "grocery" stores.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:06:53 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah. Notice where those stores are concentrated? (3+ / 0-)
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        desmoinesdem, m00finsan, tardis10

        Anything remotely resembling full-service supermarkets are limited to the affluent parts of Brooklyn; Park Slope, Bay Shore etc.

        We lived in East Flatbush, and I'm personally familiar with most of the "grocery stores" on the map. Without exception the ones listed in our former neighborhood are tiny bodegas. \

        We used to make the mile-long trek to the grocery store at least once a week using a fold-up cart to drag the stuff home. (Ever try to carry two bags of groceries on a packed subway car or bus? You won't try it twice.)

        Sure, if you're a highly motivated and affluent person with the means, free time and gumption you can take a taxi to the closest Whole Foods. But for the working poor where we lived, that just wasn't an option.

        Blaming the victim is an easy way to avoid taking any responsibility for changing an egregious system. Works every time.

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