DETROIT — Cigarettes, booze and lottery tickets are far more abundant than healthy, fresh food at most of the stores that sell groceries in metropolitan Detroit, according to a new study which describes the area as a “food desert” that threatens public health. In fact, about 550,000 people in Detroit live in so-called deserts — areas that require them to travel twice as far or more to reach the closest mainstream supermarket vs. the closest “fringe” food outlet, such as a gas station or ...

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