Triad Power Ranking: Dec. 10, 2014

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3. Winston-Salem

We’re looking at food deserts in the Triad this week — defined in cities as low-income neighborhoods that are more than one mile from grocery stores. According to the US Department of Agriculture’s map, huge swaths of the city are considered to be food deserts, the biggest piece comprised of 16 Census tracts surrounding downtown, covering the eastern half of the city from University Parkway to the west, along US Highway 158 to the south and along US 158 to the east. Altogether 20 Census tracts are affected.

2. High Point

The entire southeast quadrant of the city, in the corner of Guilford County, is a food desert according to the USDA — six contiguous Census tracts bordered by the county line, English Road to the west and roughly following the eastern city limits. It looks to be about a third of the city.

1. Greensboro

The USDA map delineates most of the southern half of the city as a food desert, covering the Business 85 border and butting up against downtown. The northeast quadrant is also a food desert that runs all the way to McLeansville. It’s shameful, but Greensboro is actually doing better than the rest of the Triad cities — 16 Census tracts are affected, covering less than half of the footprint of the city.