August 31, 2013

The Food Desert: at Harbortown Market with Nadja

"I religiously go to [Eastern Market] every Saturday."

The Food Desert: Harbortown Market

Harbortown Market, 3472 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Apples: $1.99/pound | Bananas: $.44/pound | Oranges: $1.00 each

Community Profile for Zip Code 48207
Educational Attainment for persons older than 25-years:
Percent High School Graduate or Higher
Median Household Income
Unemployment Rate for persons age 16 years and older.
People Below Poverty Level
[15 percent lower than national rate of 93.0%]
[56 percent lower than national Median Household Income of $52,762]
[50 percent higher than the national rate of 9.6%]
[174 percent higher than the national rate of 15.0%]
Source: American Fact Finder courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau: http://1.usa.gov/1aPDUbF

Interview: Nadja


How do you define "healthy food."
"Farmers' Market. Organic. Grains. Vegetables. Fruit."

Where are you from originally?
I'm Austrian. I've been in Michigan for about three years.

Have you had problems finding healthy food in the city of Detroit?
No. I religiously go to [Eastern Market] every Saturday. Sometimes Trader Joe's. And [Harbortown Market] is my emergency supermarket when I have no time whatsoever.

The Complete Interview

Noah's Thoughts

Its nice to get a perspective on Detroit's so-called food desert from a new arrival to Detroit. Someone from outside the city or, better yet, from outside this country is able to compare food availability in Detroit to food availability everywhere else they have resided. I think that kind of cosmopolitan view tells us a lot about the status of food in Detroit.

Nadja also mentions organic food. For an in-depth discussion of organic food, please see the first post in this series.

Thanks for looking in, kind reader.

[View more of the Food Desert series]

Noah -

Noah Stephens  founded The People of Detroit Photodocumentary in April 2010 as a counterpoint to media fixated on despair and disrepair in the storied birthplace of American auto manufacturing. Since, TPOD has received national and international attention. Portraits from the project have appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek and other national publications. 

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