Community Geography, Food Deserts, and the Power of Maps

Posted On February 6, 2013
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Community Geography, Food Deserts, and the Power of Maps

Wednesday – February 06, 2013

The growing subfield of Community Geography produces research focused on issues chosen in partnership with community organizations, and often completed with community involvement. Food access (usually called food desert) studies are particularly well suited for such research. Community organizations can take part in data collection, as well as the collection of community stories about accessing healthy food in their communities. These studies produce maps that can be powerful metaphors for inequalities in “quality of life” between urban communities. This presentation will discuss the power of these maps, the evolution of community geography, and current food access research, with reference to Chicago’s South Side.

Presentation by :
Dr. Daniel Block

Chicago State University

Professor of Geography & Director of Frederick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center
Tuesday, February 19 @ 4:30 pm

Petit Science Center Room 124
-Light refreshments will be served-

Sponsored by: Gamma Theta Upsilon, The Department of Geosciences, Geosciences Club, The Community-Soil-Air-Water Initiative, The Honors College, The Office of Civic Engagement, and the Institute of Public Health


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