What makes a neighborhood? Not just housing but stores where people can buy the things that they need. The most important of these is the grocery store. America is a nation of food deserts where in poorer parts of major cities and in many rural areas, grocery stores don’t exist. In this video we learn why that is but the reason comes in the first 5 minutes: operating grocery stores in poorer areas simply isn’t profitable. The concentration of poverty in America has historic reasons and the decline of the middle class is a contributing factor but since we are a free market economy, the market will gravitate towards those areas with money to spend that isn’t in poor areas. Unfortunately for poor and minority neighborhoods, this often means that stores don’t open or don’t stay. Smaller and more profitable stores like corner stores and liquor stores are the only thing that can survive in those low profit environments.