Getting Groceries: Food Access Across Groups, Neighborhoods, and Time

SAVI Talks - November 2019

208,000 people live in food deserts in Indianapolis, an increase since 2016. This was driven somewhat by the closure of Marsh stores. However, there are more grocery stores now (200) than in 2016 (199). These stores tend to be located near each other, and so provide access to less area and less people. People without cars are heavily impacted. Three-in-ten households without a car live in transit food desert, where grocery stores are not easily accessible by bus.

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Unai Miquel Andres,
GIS and Data Analyst,
The Polis Center

Matt Nowlin,
Research Analyst,
The Polis Center

Ross Tepe,
Graduate Assistant,
The Polis Center

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