January 25, 2011 @ 10:02 pm by sean
Detroit has plenty of supermarkets, so SHUT UP before the chain stores figure out there is a market here and flush out the great diversity of locally owned small businesses supporting Detroiters food needs. Kapeesh? Corporations have had their hand with Detroit, we don’t need a Walmart, Whole Foods, Kroger or anyone else to come in and mess up this beautifully chain-free food land we’ve got around here. And Aldi can leave.
“Ultimately, that myth perseveres because the mainstream media and its audience is steeped in a suburban mentality where the only grocery stores that really seem to count are those large, big-box chain stores that are the only option in so many communities these days, largely because they have put locally-owned and independent stores like the ones you find in Detroit out of business. It is true that the big chain stores have forsaken or ignored Detroit, for any number of understandable (and sometimes despicable) reasons. But in their absence, a diverse system of food options has risen to take their place, and the tired old narrative that Detroit has nowhere to shop for groceries needs to be replaced by a more complex truth: with a diversity of options ranging from the dismal to the sublime, Detroit may be one of the most interesting places in America to shop for food.”
The largest historic public food market in the US (at 43 acres) and we’re in a food desert?