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DETROIT (CNNMoney.com) -- On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries.
"No pictures, put the camera down," he yells. My companion and I, on a tour of how people in this city are using urban farms to grow their own food, speed off. In this recession-racked town, the lack of food is a serious problem.
It's a theme that comes up again and again in conversations in Detroit. There isn't a single major chain supermarket in the city, forcing residents to buy food from corner stores. Often less healthy and more expensive food.
Originally posted by fraterormus
Detroit covers a vast span of area. It is true that no National Chain Stores exist anymore in the Downtown Area, but they are still in the outlying areas of the city. If you can afford the gas for a 10-16 minute drive, then you can make it to Walmart. If you can't afford the gas, then you are S.O.L. if you are anywhere near Downtown..........Next Summer and Fall the Farmers Markets in Detroit are going to be the accepted norm, and the people of Detroit won't miss their National Chain Stores. Until then, however, it's going to be a rough Winter for food...but Detroiters are hardened, seasoned and tough. They have the will therefore they will find a way.