In Fast Food News...

When I saw this article yesterday, I felt a little sad and embarrassed that I actually lived and went to school in University Heights, Ohio. The article is about how the mayor proclaimed February 10th "McDonald's Day" in celebration of a new "state-of-the-art" fast food restaurant that just opened up.

(from WanderingWhitehorse on Flickr)

Now, to put this into some context, this McDonald's replaced a really awful strip mall, so on-balance, the area is still as sprawly and suburbanized as it gets. I just don't understand what's so special about a new McDonald's though...

But there's more. The mayor went on to call this an "environmentally friendly" McDonald's store. A few paragraphs down, you learn that it features a double drive through. Now twice as many people in cars can buy hamburgers and fries without leaving their vehicles!

Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. The fact that this is as newsworthy as it is (ie. at all) and gets this much attention from the mayor concerns me a little.

4 comments:

    The redevelopment of the Cedar-Warrensville intersection is such a missed opportunity. Leaders in University Heights and South Euclid have the opportunity to create sustainable mixed-use development in a densely-populated area, but instead, every year it becomes more and more auto-oriented.

     
    On February 12, 2012 Anonymous said...

    I recently went to McDonald's to buy breakfast on a trip. I parked the car, walked into the store, and ordered! Then I went back to my car, got in and drove back to the hotel. There was even a drive thru! I just didn't want to do that!

    Kenneth

     

    So take fast food. As individuals we instinctively fear that there must be something dodgy about getting something cheaply and easily. A pseudo-scientific industry grows up saying that there are health implications. And politicians respond to the clamour, needing something popular and meaningful to do.

     

    So take fast food. As individuals we instinctively fear that there must be something dodgy about getting something cheaply and easily. A pseudo-scientific industry grows up saying that there are health implications. And politicians respond to the clamour, needing something popular and meaningful to do.