Food, Neighborhood Markets, and Neighborhood Recovery in Post-Katrina New Orleans
This chapter focuses on how the grocery industry has managed so far in post-Katrina New Orleans. It begins with the publication on yahoo.com on August 30, 2005, of two photographs showing people wading through the floodwaters, both carrying groceries. The only difference between them was that one was of a young black man, while the other was of two young white adults. It was the captioning of both photographs, however, that caught the public eye, as the African American man is said to have “looted” from a grocery, whereas the white couple merely “found” their bread and soda in the same store, the Circle Food Store — a store that has yet to reopen three years after the storm. This whole episode raises questions that are specific to New Orleans, but have much wider implications about the relationship of food access to urban development. This chapter thus explores the political, social, and economic significance of the number of neighborhood markets that were created in New Orleans as a response to Hurricane Katrina.
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