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(Pacific Standard Magazine)   Whole Foods is the Lewis & Clark of gentrification. Except the average person in the recently-gentrified neighborhoods can't afford their products   ( psmag.com) divider line
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2013-09-29 09:56:56 PM  
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AverageAmericanGuy: I hate Whole Foods and the entire corporatization of organic foods, as if something so healthy could be properly sold by megachain food warehouses. For me, the essence of food is in the growing and raising of it, and I've been doing that for years. I run a co-op with about 20 other people and we raise all kinds of organic (real organic, not corporate 'organic') vegetables. Occasionally we'll give some of the food to the homeless, especially when we're having a bumper crop.

This attempt to drive out the poor people in these neighborhoods is a terrible thing. People shouldn't be forced to move out just because rich white people want to move in. This is the kind of thing that happens when you value money more than culture.

Our co-op is a good example of how these poor people could grow their own (really) healthy foods instead of paying their whole paycheck to Whole Foods for subpar, fake organic foods.

man, these rich white folks moving in and turning formerly dangerous slums into nice places to raise kids as well as providing an economic boon for those neighborhoods sure are assholes. We should all be living in earthen mounds, actually. Damn rich folks and their stone and timber
2013-09-29 09:39:27 PM  
2 votes:
Oh my god shut the hell up

I don't even know what that was about...  if you care about food, shop at farmers market, make your diet seasonal, teach it to your snowflakes, and try to support the grocery industry as little as possible.  Whole Foods... Wal Mart... Kroger... no difference.

2013-09-30 08:17:47 AM  
1 vote:
You know, I'm a super libby lib pro safety net and public assistance kind of guy.

But, let's face it. Poor people tend to destroy the areas where they live, trash, graffiti etc. If wealthy folks want to move in and fix up the place, go for it. Nothing lost.
2013-09-30 03:59:26 AM  
1 vote:
I've seen beer and cheese mentioned twice in the comments. If that's the criteria for a great market then fark Whole Foods. Go to Woodman's!

The cheese aisle...

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The beer aisle...

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Seriously, their liquor department alone is the size of other entire stores!

/Wisconsin led the nation in binge drinking and morbid obesity for years
//Now you know why
2013-09-30 01:43:08 AM  
1 vote:
i never seen a Whole Foods ever in my life. I just go to Meijer's
2013-09-29 10:42:31 PM  
1 vote:

Krieghund: skullkrusher: more of a TJ's man myself but that's only by convenience.

I really like TJ's too, but their produce sucks. Whole Foods can pick up that slack.

TJ's brand stuff is great. Load up on their pre-prepared stuff, dry goods, etc. Fresh Direct and farmer's markets for produce, meat, etc
2013-09-29 10:21:50 PM  
1 vote:

macdaddy357: Why do they charge so much for their hippie food? Don't they get it that hippies don't have any money?

The only "Hippies" I see at WFs are the employees.

Most of the customers are upper-class white women dripping with diamonds and smugness on their way back to their Lexus.
2013-09-29 10:12:24 PM  
1 vote:

Smeggy Smurf: Their shiat is too damned expensive but damned do they have one hell of a fantastic cheese selection.

You get what you pay for. I shop at Whole Foods & Olivers Market (local version of whole foods) for meat, cheese and fresh vegatables.The quality is worth paying extra for.
2013-09-29 10:10:56 PM  
1 vote:

bud jones: "Terra incognita" is not "blank slate". Try "tabula rosa". Lame editor is lame.

"Tabula rosa" is "red (or pink) slate". "Tabula rasa" is blank slate.

/I suffer from terra cotta incognita. I have trouble recognizing pottery.
2013-09-29 09:35:05 PM  
1 vote:
Whole Foods does not open stores willy nilly in transitional neighborhoods.  They go where people care about what they eat, and have the money for it.
2013-09-29 09:30:46 PM  
1 vote:
That article was a whole lot of something, but very little about Whole Foods.
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