Steven Malanga joins Seth Barron to discuss efforts to restrict dollar stores in cities across the country—the subject of Malanga’s popular story for City Journal, “Unjust Deserts.”

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?

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  1. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    We live in an upscale neighborhood in northern Virginia and the company opened a Dollar store on the main street. The company obviously thought it would succeed or they would not have put it there. Government using zoning for this sort of thing is a waste of time.

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    • January 15, 2020, at 9:01 AM PST
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