Good piece in Fast Company about the issue of deed restrictions, which “are typically put in place when a grocery store that owns a particular property decides to sell it, but wants to limit competition - perhaps pushing customers to shop at another branch of its own chain farther away.”

While some might think that food deserts are created when a neighborhood cannot sustain a grocery store, this story makes clear that they actually can be created by legal covenants that prevent them from opening for competitive reasons. And the problem is that many of the people affected - by definition, people who live in less affluent areas - “are not even aware that restrictive covenants on grocery stores exist, or may not have the bandwidth to address it.”

You can read the entire story here.