Food deserts in the prairies? Supermarket accessibility and neighborhood need in Edmonton, Canada

Karen E. Smoyer-Tomic, John C. Spence, Carl Amrhein

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Abstract

The U.S. and U.K. literatures have discussed "food deserts," reflecting populated, typically urban, low-income areas with limited access to full-service supermarkets. Less is known about supermarket accessibility within Canadian cities. This article uses the minimum distance and coverage methods to determine supermarket accessibility within the city of Edmonton, Canada, with a focus on high-need and inner-city neighborhoods. The results show that for 1999 both of these areas generally had higher accessibility than the remainder of the city, but six high-need neighborhoods had poor supermarket accessibility. We conclude by examining potential reasons for differences in supermarket accessibility between Canadian, U.S., and U.K. cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-326
Number of pages20
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Edmonton
  • Food deserts
  • Supermarkets

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