Nick's Liquor

The Center for Disease Control defines a "food desert" as an area "that lack[s] access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk, and other
foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet." These regions are associated with lower-income urban areas where the primary food retailers consist of Fast Food restaurants and liquor stores. This liquor store on the corner of 24th and Adeline serves as a symbolic representation of the disproportionate availability of packaged, highly-processed to nutritious foods in West Oakland. There is not one grocery store in West Oakland, but there are a staggering 53 liquor stores. According to San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia, that is one liquor store for every three hundred residents. Compounding the issue of accessibility, lower-income households lack the transportation necessary to travel to neighboring cities, Alameda and Emeryville, for healthier food options.

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Augusta Hohn, “Cheetos ,” Street Stories: Oakland, accessed September 20, 2018,

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