In Flint, moving the farmers market drew more poor shoppers

February 19, 2016 - NPR's The Salt

Rick Sadler, a public health professor at the Flint campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, first interviewed shoppers at the Flint Farmers' Market in 2011, seeking to understand the demographics of its customers. Three years later, the market made a controversial move from an industrial area north of the city core — inaccessible to public transit and pedestrians — to a central downtown location across from the bus station. That prompted Sadler to return in 2015, to see if the customer demographics had shifted. They had: At the new location, the market was seeing far more shoppers from the city's poorer neighborhoods.