Savage wrote:in a lot of neighborhoods, that bus would pass several fast food restaurants before getting to the grocery store, and that is fucked up
I agree it's fucked up, but it's not like there's some nefarious mastermind who decreed there should be a McDonalds on every block and no grocery store within a mile. The sellers reflect what people are buying. Capitalism in action!
...which is why the street carts are, IMO, an excellent solution to this particular problem, assuming they get off the ground (and, again, maybe they already have and I just haven't heard about it). Low start-up costs, financially viable even with a fairly modest customer base, and easily moved from one block to the next until the seller finds the exact best location for his wares. Plus the vendor can chain his cart to a car and get the hell out of the badlands before sundown. Not a small consideration in North Philly.