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Inspired on Social Sustainability as a health matter, this article displays an approach to analyze the Mexican food environment by observing the space distribution patterns of fast food establishments and convenience stores with greater presence in Monterrey’s Metropolitan Area, located in Northeastern Mexico. Particularly, we aim to identify and describe the allocation pattern of fast food places in relation to their spatial location, considering the circulation routes hierarchy, the poverty polygons, and the socioeconomic characteristics of the population that lives surrounding these polygons. The results show that the space distribution is mainly characterized by the creation of type of commercial conglomerates, located on main routes and in a very short distance to poverty polygons. This urban structure facilitates the existence of socially unsustainable environmental conditions.
|Keywords:||social sustainability; food environment; socio-spatial distribution.|
The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.57-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.614MB)).
Researcher, Professor, Faculty of Public Health and Nutrition, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Coordinator of the Master Sciences in Architecture and Urban Subjects Program, Faculty of Architecture, Graduate Studies, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Subdirector de Posgrado, Facultad de Salud Pública y Nutrición, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico