In my previous story I explored the use of wire pushcarts in City Heights, where lack of access to transportation means many residents have to walk for daily errands, including grocery shopping.

I profiled many residents who use the wire pushcarts to make daily chores easier.

Following the post, I got an e-mail from Mira Mesa resident Terry Forshey.

Forshey is with a group called San Diegans Against Abandoned Shopping Carts. In Mira Mesa, Forshey said, business owners have been trying for years to convince residents to adopt use of the pushcarts you see in all corners of City Heights instead of taking grocery carts from local stores, which they often abandon in residential streets.

Forshey writes:

For years we`ve been attempting to reduce the number of shopping carts taken from our businesses with no luck. We have investigated and suggested the use of foldable wire carts (Granny carts) as one method of curbing at least part of the problem.

Your article talks about friends and relatives sharing their carts with individuals and at least one merchant offering them for sale.

If you have discovered any organized effort to promote the substitution of Granny carts for market shopping carts we would appreciate your sharing that information with us.

I wonder why shopping cart swiping is such a problem in Mira Mesa. It’s a neighborhood I haven’t really explored, though I know it also has a large immigrant population, and suspect there may also be a large population of residents without cars there.

But why haven’t wire pushcarts caught on there? Might it have something to do with access?

It struck me that of all the pushcart owners I approached in City Heights, not a single one had bought their carts. They had all received them from friends or family. Many had come from Orange County or Los Angeles. I only found one place in City Heights that sold them.

Have any ideas? Shoot me an e-mail at or leave a comment on this post.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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