Will More Grocery Stores Save Baltimore?

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One in four Baltimoreans lives in a food desert, meaning they don’t have easy access to fresh, affordable food. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed a new strategy to help combat the problem.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Rawlings-Blake wants to give grocery stores an 80 percent tax break on certain equipment. The idea is that by lowering costs, such stores will be incentivized to move to neighborhoods they might otherwise neglect. The Rawlings-Blake administration has also backed a tax credit for urban farmers and other programs to help tackle the root causes of Baltimore’s health disparities.

“A quality grocery store can transform a neighborhood faster than anything,” William H. Cole IV, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., told the Sun.

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