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How a South L.A. supermarket proposal fell apart, after a decade of effort

How a South L.A. supermarket proposal fell apart, after a decade of effort

To woo a new supermarket to South Los Angeles, city leaders offered up roughly two acres of city land for a single dollar — and proposed to sweeten the deal with $750,000 in federal funds to spruce up the site.

The new store would fill a barren patch at 94th Street and Broadway that had languished for decades, and provide fresh fruits and vegetables to families in an area bemoaned as a "food desert."

At a Los Angeles City Council meeting in June just before Councilman Bernard Parks left office, the man who would soon replace him — Marqueece Harris-Dawson — praised Parks for his work on the celebrated plan.

"When we're here, starting...

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