D.C. Awards $3 million to Begin Closing the ‘Grocery Gap’
“Everybody wants the same things no matter where they are living in the city,” said Brian Kenner, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development.
Even as D.C.’s economy has boomed and grocery stores in gentrifying neighborhoods have proliferated, the dearth of grocery stores in its poorest wards has remained consistent. A study found that nearly 70 percent of the city’s supermarkets in 2016 were concentrated in its wealthiest, predominantly white neighborhoods. The remainder were in majority black wards with lower incomes. In Wards 7 and 8, there are 50,000 people for every grocery store.