|photo credit: Walmart|
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I am the product of an historically black college, the illustrious Spelman College. This college for women was founded in 1881 and provided a place for women who looked like me to attain higher education. My roots are firmly planted at Spelman and I live in Atlanta now because of my Spelman experience. Like many historically black colleges and universities, Spelman and the other schools comprising the Atlanta University Center: Clark Atlanta University, all male Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine are located smack dab in the middle of a low income area. Unlike when I was in school, the housing projects that were directly across the street are long gone but poverty in the area surrounding the schools remains.
When I was in school this area was an food desert. The nearest grocery store was about 4 miles away from campus, a bus ride for people living in the area without cars. I really can’t say where or how people shopped for food, when I moved off campus my junior year, I had a car and lived outside of the area so this was never an issue for me. But I can only assume that the varied fast food outlets served as primary food sources for many years. This has now changed. Close to two years ago a Walmart opened in the area. It is within walking distance of the AUC and has opened up opportunities for both students and people living in the area.