This week's news story delves into a local lawsuit concerning Sonoma County's "food desert," a federally-designated swath of southeast Santa Rosa with little access to grocery stores. The Living Wage Coalition filed the lawsuit, fearing that Walmart would use the relaxed zoning measures that came along with it to open a small grocery store in the area.
While our story is mostly about this local issue, the trend of Walmarts opening in food deserts is nationwide. The question, of course, is whether low-paying jobs and mass-importation of produce and other groceries is actually harmful to low-income areas long-term.
There have been some other, excellent articles written on this topic. Here's some further reading: