Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed become food deserts overnight

Neighborhoods where stores were destroyed become food deserts overnight

By Marielle Segarra

June 4, 2020

In many neighborhoods that have seen looting and vandalism over the past week, residents are now left with few — if any — grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses. Which is made even harder by the fact that lots of stores are also closed because of the pandemic.

There’s a 6-mile long commercial corridor in South Minneapolis called Lake Street, and it has been destroyed.

“We no longer have pharmacies in our community,” said ZoeAna Martinez, who works for the Lake Street Council, a business association. “We no longer have gas stations as well. Our largest grocery stores are also gone,” Martinez said. “Right now, our community, we live in a food desert, which happened overnight.”

In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, hundreds of businesses have been damaged or burned to the ground. The same has happened in cities around the country.

“Pretty much half of a city block completely burned down Sunday night,” said Bea Rider, interim executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corp., a neighborhood group in Philadelphia. Pharmacies, bodegas, clothing stores, check-cashing spots — all gone. And these losses hurt certain groups more than others.

“Low-income families who are underbanked, so they rely on check-cashing businesses, they’re definitely feeling a pinch,” Rider said.

Also, people who don’t have cars to drive to an intact store in the suburbs. And seniors who may have trouble getting around and who are more likely to need prescriptions filled.

“This is all in the background as the pandemic is still very much with us, and some businesses had curtailed certain degrees of operation because of that,” said Tabitha Montgomery, executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis.

Community groups and churches are trying to fill the gap with donated supplies, but that’s a short-term fix. And Montgomery said she thinks the neighborhood will bear the scars of this moment for decades, even after the stores are rebuilt.

June 5, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Attention Washington Post! If COVID-19 was truly putting supermarket employees in a “war zone,” their death rate would be higher, not lower, than the general population!

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

April 21, 2020

Real world evidence shows that the fatality rate of COVID-19 is far, far lower than what has been portrayed by the mainstream media. Examples of this can be read here, here, here, here, here, and here.

It has also been predicted that the shutdowns will kill more people than they save. Examples of this can be seen here, here, and here.

If the COVID-19 virus was truly as big of a threat as is being claimed by the mainstream media, then supermarket employees would have a much higher death rate than that of the general population. But there is no evidence that their death rate is higher. Therefore, if it’s OK for the supermarkets to be open, then it should also be OK for just about everything else to be open too.

So how does the COVID-19 death rate of supermarket employees compare to that of the general population?

On April 12, 2020, the Washington Post published this article.

It says that the U.S. has three million people who work in supermarkets, and that at least 41 of them had died from COVID-19. The Washington Post refers to this as a “war zone.”

The same article also says that more than 21,000 people in the U.S. had died from COVID-19.

The article is from April 12, so those numbers are somewhat out of date. However, I am more interested in the ratio of those numbers, so the fact that the article is somewhat out of date does not really matter.

The U.S. has 328 million people.

Supermarket employees make up approximately 1% of the U.S. population.

But they account for approximately only 0.2% of the country’s COVID-19 deaths.

If supermarkets were truly a “war zone,” then the death rate of their employees would be higher, not lower, than that of the general population.

I’d be curious to know how many supermarket employees died from the flu during the same time period. But I’m not holding my breath for the Washington Post to publish such a comparison.

In 2018, 36,560 people in the U.S. died from automobile accidents. I think it’s likely that somewhere between 300 and 400 of those were supermarket employees. It’s possible that during this COVID-19 “war zone,” more supermarket employees have been killed by automobile accidents than by COVID-19.

The best way to avoid dying in an automobile accident is to take mass transit instead of driving yourself. (The buses used for mass transit are bigger and heavier than cars, and often move more slowly than cars, so fatality rates are much lower than for cars.)

But the best way to avoid getting COVID-19 is to drive yourself instead of using mass transit. (Nearly half of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are in New York, and its overcrowded subway system seems to be the main reason for that.)

Quite a conundrum, I suppose.

Life is full of risks. And we need to acknowledge these risks, and act accordingly.

COVID-19 is real. And it is deadly.

But it is not nearly as deadly as many in the media have been trying to portray it.

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April 21, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Media bias. Leave a comment.