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Tuesday, May 8 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: Why can't we eat too? An assessment of food deserts within the city of Hartford, Connecticut

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AUTHORS: Tyler Napper, Connecticut Department of Transportation, CT Transit

ABSTRACT: As of last year, at least 33 percent of the United States population has suffered from dwelling in areas known as food deserts. Unfortunately, the state capital of Connecticut has regions that are afflicted by food deserts. By 2020 Hartford’s population is expected to be 126,444, to which many restaurants and stores must accommodate, especially in the North End region of Hartford. Hartford may be the capital of the state of Connecticut with a 2017 revenue of $558,900,000 and an average household income of $32,095 but, in comparison to other towns throughout Connecticut it ranks significantly low regarding health, household income, education, and vehicle ownership. The assessment will determine how the factors listed above are correlated to the formation of the food deserts within the city of Hartford. The food desert assessment will identify the specific regions and demographics that are subjugated to food deserts by compiling and aggregating shapefile datasets from the years of 2016 to 2017; the coordinates which were represented as bus stops along with the linear network for every bus route within the metro area and, parcel/polygon data shall represent commercial, mixed-use, and residential zones; both the linear data and coordinates were geocoded and associated with polygon data that represents the target parcels/zones. The research conducted is intended to visualize the causation and consequence of food deserts within Hartford, Connecticut and, hopefully contribute to the end of food deserts within the state’s capital.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Laurel/McHugh Hall First Floor

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