East Side residents have been living in a so-called "food desert" since their local Safeway store closed almost a year ago. The hard truth is that finding their way out of that desert isn't going to be easy.
At a community meeting about the issue earlier this month, Pueblo City Councilman Larry Atencio fielded questions from frustrated constituents about what was being done to find a replacement for the East Eighth Street grocery. It's not like the problem is being ignored, though.
Unfortunately, many large retailers already have been approached and decided against locating in the neighborhood. And, if we're being honest, expecting a major chain to fill the void may be unrealistic.
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