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A Sustainable Solution to DC's Food Deserts Open Access

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While other more affluent areas of Washington DC are currently experiencing bursts of development with new culinary destinations to explore, East of the Anacostia River, there are only 3 sit-down restaurants to serve over 100,000 people. While the majority of the residents in this part of town are underemployed and at an economic disadvantage, this area is rich in cultural resources, has a small population of middle to upper income minorities, and is plentiful in natural resources such as rivers, lakes and parks, which can offer a more healthy quality of life despite income. Through the creation of a collaborative culinary marketplace, a tremendous opportunity for a new dining typology can be created in the form of urban gardening, providing food in a sustainable manner while teaching a new form of sustainable living to those who need it most.A large open-space collaborative marketplace can also serve to feed creative inspirtion, and lead to further environmental and economic developments in the surrounding area. What was once seen as old and useless can be revived and used to set an example of sustainable living for it's dwellers.By venturing behind the gates into unknown territory, tremendous resources can befound. Through community engagement, collaboration, and innovation we can erase the concept of "food desert" that exists East of the River, where viable and resourceful neighborhoods exist. New developments should engage and benefit the community, while inviting a local mixture of change-seekers and creative benefactors to lead an example of sustainable living while meeting an economic need.

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