Understanding Access to Grocery Stores in Food Deserts in Baltimore City

As American cities have seen a change in land uses in urban areas, with stores moving to suburban areas increasing the reliance on cars, many urban areas are left with a lack of accessible quality food options. These “food desert” locations, where residents lack both access and sufficient economic resources to purchase healthy food, result in health disparities for residents in these communities. Decades of population loss in Baltimore have resulted in nearly one in four residents living in food deserts. The objective of this project is two-fold: (1) determine a food desert score or metric that takes into account public transportation access as well as vehicle ownership and (2) understand how people who live in food deserts access grocery stores.