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Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Good food belongs in poor neighborhoods

Collectively owned grocery stores pop up in places like Jamaica Plain and Cambridge, where liberal-leaning residents make strong connections between their politics and their kitchen provisions. But what are the start-up and survival chances for a food co-op in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, where incomes are low, safety concerns are high, and people care more about the cost of a basket of food than whether it can be traced back to the source of a local farm?

This week, the Globe published a five-part series on the 68-block, Bowdoin-Geneva area, much of it focused on families unhinged by violence. But the reporters revealed a lot more about this neighborhood than its punishing streets and foreclosed homes. It was a story of renewal, symbolized by the growth of a community garden on Coleman Street.

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