The Accessibility of Dinner: A Study of Food Accessibility in Bethel, Eugene, Oregon
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Food system planning has recently emerged as a component of the city planner’s portfolio as the country faces an unprecedented obesity epidemic caused partly by poor access to high quality, affordable, and healthy foods. Through the use of a Geographic Information System and a built environmental assessment, this research analyzed food accessibility in the Bethel neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon. The findings of this research suggest that although the individual developments within Bethel have the right characteristics for connectivity, the distribution of and connections between these developments negate opportunities for food accessibility, especially if residents desire to use active transportation such as walking or biking. Findings and recommendations from this project can be used to inform food system planning and accessible neighborhood design as well as suggest opportunities to use existing infrastructure to increase food accessibility within residential neighborhoods.