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What Happens When a Grocery Opens in a Food Desert?

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by KEVIN CHARLES FLEMING

Pittsburgh’s Hill District hasn’t had a full-service grocery store in 30 years.

Nestled in the heart of the city, the Hill was once a vital center of jazz, black culture, and civic life, earning it the nickname “Little Harlem.” The neighborhood had its own newspaper and radio station. Thoroughfares were lined with black-owned clubs, restaurants, and shops. Dizzy Gillespie sat in at the Crawford. Satchel Paige played at Greenlee Field. Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay called it “the crossroads of the world.”

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