Published on: September 24, 2008The Chicago Sun-Times reports this morning that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has said that the city needs to get out of the way of supermarket companies interested in opening stores in underserved communities.
"A grocery store is important to the health of the people in these communities," Daley said. "Is there something that we are putting in as a barrier? We have to figure that out … The residents in many communities are paying high costs for food, and the quality is not there.”
Not long ago, Chicago’s City Council rejected Walmart’s attempt to open a supercenter in one of those neighborhoods, raising questions about whether the city’s political priorities were at odds with the needs of at least some of its citizens. The city reportedly has as many as 40 properties in underserved areas that could be developed into grocery stores.
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- If this isn’t just rhetoric, this will be good news for food stores as well as shoppers. If it isn’t rhetoric.