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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Yes There Are Grocery Stores in Detroit by James Griffioen
"I hope this tirade accomplishes my primary goal of eliminating the gross generalization that there are no grocery stores in Detroit & that its citizens are forced to leave the city borders to buy fresh meats and produce. That myth is fueled by the unfair assumption that big-box chain stores are the best and only places to shop, which is particularly nefarious in my opinion because the model used by those stores is largely unsustainable for our cities’ futures. Chinese-manufactured goods shipped and trucked tens of thousands of miles and sold for razor-thin profit margins may seem convenient, but I truly believe we still haven’t learned their true cost. In my opinion, it is the exurban and small town shoppers who must choose between the uniform selections of a Wal-Mart, Kroger, or Meijer that truly have limited options. I prefer to celebrate the absence of these national retailers in this city rather than add it to the heap of things we already have to complain about here…"
detroit  food  media  culture  cities  bias  supermarkets  groceries  jamesgriffioen  sweetjuniper 
january 2011 by robertogreco

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