African American Owned Grocery Stores: A Framework for Food Policy Development.
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to 1) enhance the sustainability of
grocery stores locating to the inner city, 2) strengthen the existing grocery stores in the
inner city and 3) support existing businesses that have a good relationship in the
community. Capital and investment has played a major role in the inner city. Supermarkets
are one of the many manifestations of this capital inve... read morestment. Current policies today--the
funding and support for supermarkets in neighborhoods--call into question their
relationship to the inner city. African American owned supermarkets are important to look
at because they are examples of private capital that have had a fundamentally different
relationship to inner city neighborhoods. They are instances in which resources have been
leveraged to develop a business in spite of lack of financing, government subsidy, and
security costs. Their narratives are important because they point to some of the deep
challenges policy makers face and will continue to face if food access is not thought of as
a manifestation of a much larger issue: lack of transformative community development. Their
narratives encourage policy makers to inject the right kinds of capital into
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: James Jennings, and Lorlene Hoyt.
Keywords: Urban planning, African American studies, and Public policy.read less