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Why supermarkets have abandoned some of America’s poorest neighborhoods

Why supermarkets have abandoned some of America’s poorest neighborhoods

Despite the recent news that Family Dollar would be closing nearly 1,000 of their 8,000 American locations, dollar stores are spreading across the country at a staggering rate. Since 2011, the number of dollar stores nationwide has climbed from 20,000 to over 30,000, meaning there are now more dollar stores than Walmart and McDonald’s combined, according to a report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  Though they rarely carry fresh fruit, vegetables and meat — and despite likely exacerbating American food deserts — dollar stores are actually the fastest-growing food retailers in the United States, according to a 2023 study from experts at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.  There are a variety of reasons for that, but one of the most significant by far is the way in which big-name supermarkets have largely abandoned, or avoided, many low-income neighborhoods over the last half-century, leaving a gigantic vacuum for dollar stores to fill, specifically in urban communities of color.  …

Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods linked to lower cognitive abilities, independent of brain pathology

Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods linked to lower cognitive abilities, independent of brain pathology

New research has found a significant link between neighborhood socioeconomic status and the cognitive abilities of older individuals, irrespective of underlying brain pathologies commonly associated with dementia. The findings, which have been published in in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, suggest that one’s living conditions are closely related to their brain’s resilience to decline in later life. The rationale for this investigation stems from the observation that, despite significant advances in understanding the neuropathological underpinnings of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, there remains a notable discrepancy in how these biological markers correlate with cognitive decline across different individuals. Interestingly, some people maintain robust cognitive functions even in the presence of substantial neuropathological changes. This phenomenon suggests the existence of a cognitive reserve—a concept proposing that certain life experiences and attributes can provide a protective buffer against cognitive deterioration. Previous research has linked individual socioeconomic factors, such as income, education, and occupation, to cognitive outcomes. Additionally, emerging studies have begun to shed light on the role of neighborhood-level socioeconomic factors, showing that living in …

Paris inaugurates Olympic Village made of four new neighborhoods in northern suburbs

Paris inaugurates Olympic Village made of four new neighborhoods in northern suburbs

Ten days before to inauguration of the Athletes’ Village, the finishing touches were underway. Behind the construction site’s barriers, there was a hive of activity, in a seemingly serene atmosphere. The architects, meanwhile, were taking advantage of the final moments before handing over the keys to the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – on March 1, the day after the inauguration – to showcase their work to journalists. The village is located north of Paris, on a 52-hectare site straddling the towns of Saint-Ouen, Saint-Denis and L’Ile-Saint-Denis, on a cluster of former industrial wastelands with the centerpiece being the Cité du Cinéma. In just six years, a new part of the city has sprung up, with a total of 330,000 square meters of developed space. Dominique Perrault, the operation’s chief urban planner and architect of the François-Mitterrand Library in Paris, conceived these massive buildings, arranged perpendicular to the Seine, as large boats moored at the quayside. The Cité du Cinéma, a restored former power station at the heart of the …