Urban foodscape trends: Disparities in healthy food access in Chicago, 2007–2014

Marynia Kolak, Michelle Bradley, Daniel R. Block, Lindsay Pool, Gaurang Garg, Chrissy Kelly Toman, Kyle Boatright, Dawid Lipiszko, Julia Koschinsky, Kiarri Kershaw, Mercedes Carnethon, Tamara Isakova, Myles Wolf

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We investigated changes in supermarket access in Chicago between 2007 and 2014, spanning The Great Recession, which we hypothesized worsened local food inequity. We mapped the average street network distance to the nearest supermarket across census tracts in 2007, 2011, and 2014, and identified spatial clusters of persistently low, high or changing access over time. Although the total number of supermarkets increased city-wide, extremely low food access areas in segregated, low income regions did not benefit. Among black and socioeconomically disadvantaged residents of Chicago, access to healthy food is persistently poor and worsened in some areas following recent economic shocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-239
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
StatePublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Chicago
  • Food access
  • Great recession
  • Health inequities
  • Racial disparities
  • Spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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