How I used applied geographic methods to find urban food deserts in Austin, Texas

I thought it might be interesting to post my directed research (think thesis but with fewer restrictions) on finding and indexing the neighborhoods with the least access to affordable, healthy food in Austin, Texas. I used a mixed-methods approach, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods (GIS, statistics, surveys, and observations).  Completing the directed research was a partial requirement for earning my Master’s in Applied Geography (M.A.G.) in Land Management from Texas State University. It was a long but rewarding project. It was well-received and I graduated! More importantly, I learned a tremendous amount about professional geography from working on it!

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GIS Class Presentation on Food Deserts (This is how it started)