Most people probably don't think of Florida as a place with deserts, but if you look closely, they're there.
They run up and down what city planner types call "the transportation corridor." They are the areas immediately surrounding I-95. They are food deserts.
Researchers call them "red zones." They are areas where poverty, lack of food stores, and high rates of diet-related diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity all overlap. They have long been the poorest communities. When I-95 was being built back in the 1970s, these were the communities that lost the NIMBY wars.
Not only did those communities get all the things no one else wanted in their backyards -- from freeways to landfills -- they also never got many of the things one would want.