LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The City of Las Vegas Planning Department issued a resolution this year urging the city to increase access to healthy foods for all city residents, including Las Vegans, who live in what are known as food deserts.
“We are trying to do our best as a mayor and city council to make sure that we have grocery stores as well as small markets near and around communities,” said Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow.
Almost 43,000 city residents – more than 7 percent of the city’s population -- do not have nearby supermarkets. Combine that with incomes at or below the poverty level, along with many homes lacking personal transportation and you begin to comprehend what the food desert syndrome is all about.
Barlow wants kids in his ward to have access to better quality food at a true grocery store rather than a corner convenience store. Perhaps the most effective way of removing food deserts from an urban landscape is to talk corporations into building supermarkets on them.