I live in the South Miami / Coral Gables area, so I have two train stations within a 15-30 minute walk from me. You would think that would make it easy to commute to places, however something that is a 15 minute drive can easily turn into an hour between public transportation and walking.
I volunteer with the Little Lighthouse Foundation at their weekly Story Hour event at the Chapman Partnership. It is a great volunteer opportunity for anyone in the area, but I found the perspective I got of the area much more profound when I had the opportunity to experience it the way the people who live there do. Story Hour is basically an opportunity to come out and become a part of a community of people who care about reading to children and getting them engaged in fun activities.
I guess, overall, I was just disappointed to see that people who live in these areas are actually limited to what they can eat due to its availability. I live a 20 minute drive away and normally pass multiple supermarkets and venues with fresh food, but in my 45 minutes exploring and asking around I could not find one place that served anything made with fresh ingredients that weren’t deep fried.