Howard Husock writes that the city must build supermarkets on NYCHA sites in order to ensure the health and safety of its residents.

 

“The Brownsville Houses — like many other New York City Housing Authority complexes — can justly be described as a “food desert,” where decent, affordable, fresh food is scarce or nonexistent.

It’s a problem created by NYCHA itself, and one it could easily take steps to fix. By making vacant land available for commercial development, especially supermarkets, NYCHA could both better serve residents and earn desperately needed income to help it meet its huge backlog of repair needs.”

 

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Seeds of Commerce in NYCHA Desterts, NY Daily News

 

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Phillip Pantuso