Brian C. Anderson is the editor of City Journal, the cultural and political quarterly published by the Manhattan Institute, where he writes extensively on social and political trends. Formerly, he was senior editor of City Journal and a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute. As editor, Anderson has overseen the enormously successful expansion of City Journal’s website. His guidance has broadened City Journal’s reach and influence, with the addition of many new authors. Over his ten years at City Journal, the quarterly has continued to be one of the nation’s premier public-policy magazines.
For nearly 20 years, “food deserts”—neighborhoods without supermarkets—have captured the attention of public officials, activists, and the media, who often blame the situation on dollar-discount stores in these areas. These stores, it’s claimed, drive out supermarkets with their low prices and saturate poor neighborhoods with junk food. But are dollar stores really to blame for bad diets?More