Baltimore's Public Markets: Past and Present (With Added Present)

Baltimore, MD, United States
Est. 16.1km / 4 hrs 40 mins / Map

Baltimore's Public Markets: Past and Present (With Added Present) - Cya On The Road

According to  a 2015 study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, 1 in every 4 Baltimoreans lives in a food desert -- an area without access to the nutritional foods and produce required for healthy living.According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "the report found that 34 percent of African Americans live in food deserts, compared to only eight percent of white residents. Children are also disproportionately affected, with 30 percent of Baltimore City’s school-aged children living in food deserts."As you can tell from the attached photos, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, these food deserts (marked in red) typically avoid Baltimore's infamous "White L" in favor of striking through the heart of the city's communities of color. As you can also tell from the images, the city's six public markets sit in relative proximity to large food desert neighborhoods. Despite this, though, Baltimore city officials and independent developers have announced and implemented plans to close some of these markets (be it temporarily for renovations or permanently to make room for other structures), which would displace vendors and further negatively impact the city's already-marginalized, hungry populations.For the entire food desert report findings, click here.

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