Chicago mayor meets with retailers about food ‘deserts’
New York City -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with executives from six grocery chains, including Walgreen Co. Wal-Mart Stores and Aldi about eliminating food “deserts” in six Chicago neighborhoods, the Associated Press reported.
Emanuel showed a detailed map of Chicago food deserts and made business cases to the grocery executives for specific properties in each food desert area. He said 450,000 Chicagoan's don't have access to fresh food.
Both Emanuel and the grocery executives talked about obstacles for expansion, including transportation, security, real estate and bureaucracy.