Last Thursday, a team from the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning came to present the results of their semester long study of food access in the North End. The most impressive product was the interactive Google map which consolidated a lot of their work (see separate post on that). The team found that healthy food is simply unavailable in the North, but an interesting conversation ensued about the causes, the solutions, and the importance on continual community learning. About thirty-five people packed into the Brightwood Clinic community room to hear the presentation, and there was an overwhelming consensus that this work must continue. The full report, contact info, and the Google map can be found on the MIT course page. This kind of meaningful community engagement and longevity (nine years and counting) sets the standard by which the many other higher ed institutions in the more immediate vicinity might be measured.
Posted on March 10, 2009 by Aron Goldman