Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No – And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis?” No

I don’t know, is the Bayview / Hunter’s Point area really a “food desert” the way the Feds and everybody else are saying?

(Get up to speed on the recent hoopla* at the Walgreen’s at 5300 Third Street here over at the Bay Citizen.)

So before, Walgreens had some fresh food on sale but now they have slightly more fresh food on sale. O.K. fine.

But that don’t make you a “food oasis,” Walgreens.

Now, check out what’s just across the street the next block over at 5201 3rd. It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. In a way, it has an unlimited supply.

And, what it doesn’t have is the Great Wall o’ Chips near the checkout stand the way the “oasis store” Walgreens  at 5300 3rd Street has:

And this is just part of the wall.

So, Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No.

And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis” Now? No.

Just saying.

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2 Responses to “Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No – And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis?” No”

  1. liz says:

    One produce store in our ENTIRE neighborhood. Oh, and one stand. Kind of “deserty” if you ask me, but of course Walgreens is full of it. Sad thing is that I think in this hood people are more likely to choose walgreens than produce

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well, there’s more than one store, but this one just happened to be across the street.

    I agree that this issue is more about choices than access…

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