Corner stores are rare even in the very urban part of town I'm in (Lakewood) and typically sell primarily booze, cigarettes, snacks, and lottery tickets, not anything that a person hoping to live another decade would actually want to consume.
Big-box, warehouse type stores like Costco offer better and fresher produce options, but require very long drives out into the suburbs and are typically at least as congested (both the stores themselves and the shopping centers they're in) as grocery stores in the inner suburbs.
Poor inner-city neighborhoods have even fewer options than the ostensibly middle-class areas like mine - sometimes, unless one can borrow a car or take 2 buses that run at best hourly, none whatsoever.
In short, trying to find decent food is a nearly unbearable ordeal here compared to most other places I've been, even within the U.S., and that probably goes a long way toward explaining why we're among the fattest and least healthy cities in a country not particularly known for leanness nor for good health to begin with.
MANY 3 year olds CAN read. Some can't, and that is not an indication of lesser intelligence or ability; some kids just develop differently than others, and some kids are exposed to letters and words and books earlier than others. But there are many, many 3 year olds, and even some younger children, who can.
My wife, myself, and my 2 older sons were reading at 3. My third son, who is just short of his 2nd birthday, knows his ABCs, and can read some words by sight (I'm not sure he understands what they mean yet, but he recognizes and says the word). He is ONE, he is not potty trained, and he does not speak in sentences longer than one or two words, but, for whatever reason, he learned. Our oldest, who has mild Asperger's, was able to read and understand long sentences and relatively complicated ideas, before he was able to grasp those same thoughts and ideas audibly; for some reason his brain was wired to understand things he saw in print better than things he would hear audibly. He also did not speak at all until around the same time he was beginning to read, although his verbal abilities are exceptional now.
BTW . . . a lot of their early literacy was enhanced with computers and educational videos. Pediatricians almost unanimously recommend against computers and TV at that age, and there are plausible reasons for that, but we did carefully choose what we would buy or rent and what sites we would open up for them, and, so far, I think it has worked well for us.
Respectfully disagree. Some adults do in fact have trouble figuring out what constitutes socially acceptable behavior. That would include people like me with Asperger's and related conditions, who happen to be grossly overrepresented in IT and related fields.
I manage most of the time by always erring on the side of being cautious and keeping my mouth shut, which can make me seem unfriendly and antisocial, but not (usually) offensive.
It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.