"...Smith, who will talk on "Pixels, Plows & Personas: The UX of Food Deserts," developed the Aisle Won app, which is designed to connect people in food deserts with fresh, healthy food. The app, which was unveiled at SXSW Interactive last year, emerged from Smith's research into the demographics of mobile technology adaptation, but not without a few false starts...."
"...She was interested in exploring this connection, but the resources she wanted didn’t exist. Stay Hungry works within urban food deserts to organize cooking competitions for young people inspired by hip hop beefs, each team of young people mentored by a chef/coach who helps them plan a meal and go head to head with a rival team..."
"...Plans for future food policy came in Item 20, directing City Manager Marc Ott to start developing policy recommendations on food access, and to make it part of the remit of the new Equity Office. Food deserts – areas where there is either no easy access to food, or no easy access to healthy food – have become a growing issue in Austin..."
"...Peasant farmers are forced to “just gamble with agriculture”; they plant what they can, when they can, and hope for the best. In contrast, the panel discussed the American crisis in food culture given the bleak realities of food deserts and mounting environmental and economic hardships related to commercial food processes...."
"...A Secure Oasis in the Food Desert? Fred Haberman examines the issue of availability of good, sustainable food in different pockets, or deserts, of America – and how community concepts improve food security...."
"...Beyond being affordable and green, bikes have the less obvious benefit of expanding food access for students in an area of town long beleaguered by a combination of factors common to food deserts – few grocery stores, an abundance of fast food, and low-income residents without independent means of transportation. On HT grounds, there are no dining options beyond the campus cafeteria ("other than the Honey Buns in your room," says Erazo)..."
"...The fact that many music venues are situated in food deserts devoid of anything approximating a fresh vegetable presents a challenge as well...."
"...Talk of food deserts and kinks in the food chain rarely include mention of the state insect of Texas. Yet the rapidly declining population of migratory monarch butterflies, iconic symbols of transformation, demonstrates the fragility of the global agricultural and food systems..."
"...Increasingly, farmers' markets are stepping in to fill this nutritional gap, which is one reason why East Austin – not the only area with the most food deserts in urban Travis County, but probably its most visible – has attracted so many farmers' markets in the last few years. Sunday markets have cropped up at both the Mueller Development (Texas Farmers Market) and Plaza Saltillo (HOPE Farmers Market)..."
"...This election week, and the upcoming SXSW, have left me too distracted to be properly indignant about whatever heinous activities our elected officials may be up to. And anyway, as I noted last week, City Council cleared its decks of a number of long-running issues over the last several meetings, and while some new initiatives are in the works – see "Playback" for a look at Mayor Steve Adler's music industry plans; see today's press conference for an unveiling of CM Delia Garza's push for sustainable food and against food deserts – those and bigger issues like transportation and land-use planning remain in the very early, aspirational stages..."
"...Other items on the agenda include the mayor's resolution to protect the city's "music and creative ecosystem" (Item 19; for more on that, see "Playback," Mar. 4), CM Delia Garza's resolution to improve food access in the city's food deserts (Item 20), and second and third readings of the proposed amendments to the small lot amnesty ordinance (Item 36; see "Public Notice: Amnesty Now!" Feb..."
"...Probably the most noticeable difference between Salud de Paloma and other local EVOOs is the price: Salud de Paloma sells for a mere $7.99 a bottle when bought at the HOPE Farmers Market or San Antonio Food Bank. "We are definitely targeting modest income families and families living in food deserts," says Valdez..."
"...Many of these communities are outside the city limits of Austin and have been neglected by their representatives for many years. Issues that affect these communities are less prominent within the city limits of Austin, and they include a lack of health care facilities, substandard housing, addiction, child poverty, lack of nutrition (i.e., food deserts), and more..."
"...Why not work with Austin Community College to expand its campus to new locations, and provide adult education classes to underserved communities? Instead of investing in public housing, we should be spending our tax dollars on successful programs like Section 8 vouchers and having a comprehensive citywide rental registration program. We could also fight sprawl by transforming our urban prairies into public parks, or shopping centers in food deserts. Large- and small-scale improvements in our poor neighborhoods is a better long-term strategy than demolishing the structures we want to preserve..."
"...The Incumbent: Delia GarzaExperience: Former Austin firefighter and assistant state's attorney general Issues: Proponent of gender equality and women's health, increasing affordability, fair labor practices, eliminating food deserts, and advancing health & human services Treasurer: Martha Cotera Filed: 5/12/16 Facebook: www.fb.com/deliagarzadistrict2 Twitter: @DGarzaforD2..."
"...The fingerprints of the capital city can be found throughout many of the films, including local nonprofits (the Austin Children's Shelter in "Transforming Lives" and I Live Here, I Give Here in "Amplify Austin"), music by Shakey Graves and Dana Falconberry, and scenes shot around town. Other films shine light on work that's physically a little further from home but emotionally right up the alley of Austin activists: planting fruit trees in school yards situated in food deserts ("Let's Get Real"), creating vertical bricks of oyster larvae to slow receding shorelines ("Coastal Erosion Restoration"), advocating for legislation to protect sex workers ("Advocacy in Albany: No Condoms as Evidence"), healing through art ("Learning Photography in Haiti"), enhancing urban afterschool programs ("This Is Renzi"), and supporting elderly dementia patients ("Community Report: Health – Greater Twin Cities United Way")..."
"..."Made it!" says Attenborough, a teary pride swelling. In "Deserts": "When resources are limited, conflict is never far away," he says, his voice lowering to an urgent whisper as if he's standing a foot away from the action: "These are Nubian ibices, and they are squaring up for a duel."..."
"...The roughly 170 crisis pregnancy centers in Texas far overshadow the 21 actual clinics standing today. With Texas leading the country in "abortion deserts" – places where patients must trek more than 100 miles to get care – it's no wonder women may find themselves at the doorstep of a CPC along the way...."
"...They sell a huge variety of wines and are anxious to have you taste all of them. During the Valentine's weekend, they will have roses for the ladies plus various foods and lots of deserts..."
"...No Man's Land China, 2009, Texas Premiere, 114 min D: Ning Hao A city lawyer fights for his life in the cutthroat deserts of contemporary China in Ning Hao's Coen-esque follow-up to Crazy Racer, which was banned for four years...."