Unforeseen Changes In My Community

by Joi Smith
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Unforeseen Changes In My Community

by Joi Smith
Also Featured on KCBS
03.13.16
03.13.16

store closing

Walmart closed more than 250 stores, including the one in my neighborhood, East Oakland. It’s becoming a headache for me.

When you look up my neighborhood using the USDA tool to track food access, it shows you have to travel more than a mile to get to a supermarket.

Where I live it’s hard to get access to healthy, affordable food.

Since I rely on public transportation to get around, the convenience of a one-stop shop is important to me. Walmart was the one place I could buy all the things I need–groceries, school supplies, and even extras like headphones. I’m not trying to sound like an advertisement for one of the world’s biggest retailers. But it’s depressing knowing that I don’t have easy access to any stores with the basics that I need.

In my neighborhood, it’s easier to buy tobacco and alcohol than a pencil.

Like much of the bay area, my neighborhood is changing quickly. Rent is getting higher. And a big box store leaving is a big deal.

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