In recent posts I’ve been thinking about the use of pushcarts and shopping carts in communities like City Heights and Mira Mesa, where many lack access to transportation and have few options when it comes to transporting their groceries.

I just got this e-mail from Theresa Quiroz, who lives and works in City Heights. She noticed a correlation between the use of pushcarts and greater efforts by grocery stores to control their shopping carts.

As a City Heights resident, I have seen the increase in the number of push carts. It coincided with the larger grocery stores using shopping carts with wheels which lock if you try to take them outside the parking lot. Once the wheels have locked, they are not usable. People no longer had the option of just taking the shopping carts whenever they wanted, so the push cart era began.


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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