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The Washington Post has a story about how, "over the past decade, as the District’s population has swelled in size and affluence, the range and quality of grocery stores has proliferated in wealthy neighborhoods. A new Whole Foods on H Street NE, among six supermarkets that have opened in rapidly gentrifying Ward 6 since 2010, includes a bartender serving 16 craft beers, which patrons can sip while they shop.

"But in the District’s poorest neighborhoods, the number of supermarkets has decreased, exacerbating a long-standing 'grocery gap' that has grown more acute as the city has become more well-to-do."

For example: "The 160,000 residents of Wards 7 and 8, on the District’s eastern edge, have a total of three full-service groceries, down from seven in 2010 after several Murry’s Steaks outlets shut down and a Yes Organic Market failed. That’s more than 50,000 people for every grocery store.

"In contrast, Ward 6, with new apartment towers along H Street NE and near Nationals Park, has 10 supermarkets. Residents of Ward 3 in upper Northwest, where the new Wegmans is planned, can choose from eight. That’s about 10,000 residents for every grocery store."

A recent study, the Post writes, "found that nearly 70 percent of the city’s supermarkets in 2016 were concentrated in its wealthiest, predominantly white neighborhoods. The remainder were in poorer areas that are overwhelmingly African American."
KC's View:
Just like America. If anything, this strikes me as a microcosm of the national experience. I'm not sure what the solution is ... but I have to believe that this represents a significant opportunity for some company that wants to embrace it.