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  •  Most of these guys sell food that is deadly. (1+ / 0-)
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    When people stop going to their shops, the nation's health care bill will go down.


    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:33:36 PM PST

    •  i don't touch any of this 'chain' crap (4+ / 0-)
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      greendem, Losty, Bronx59, CuriousBoston

      i've lived in NYC for 25 yrs, so there aren't a lot of these places here anyway. but when i go out into 'america' i see these places proliferating in strip malls, and it doesn't look at all like the america i grew up in (i grew up in eastern mass in the 60, 70s). strip malls, big box stores, chain 'family' restaurants, children growing up on 'chicken nuggets': all very alien to me. i can also remember that, when i was little, it was very very rare to see a morbidly obese person. and when you saw one, my mother would pull us aside, and say in hushed tones that we 'shouldn't stare, the person has a medical condition, and it's sad', like seeing someone with one leg or something. i'm not exaggerating. it was unusual.

      •  2000 mg of sodium per plate (3+ / 0-)
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        kpardue, flavor411, ems97206

        Pour two teaspoons of salt on your plate. That's how much salt is in the food you buy at a chain restaurant.

        i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

        by bobinson on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:22:52 PM PST

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      •  "Suburban blight" (1+ / 0-)
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        Wal-Mart, for instance, seems to allow their buildings a 10 - 12 year life span before they build a new store nearby. The vacant one sits for sale or rent for several years.

        "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

        by CFAmick on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:58:45 PM PST

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        •  Driving in Florida, the same chains constantly (2+ / 0-)
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          avamontez, ems97206

          From Gainesville through Orlando to Tampa and Miami, on the main drag, it is a constant repetition of the same restaurants at every intersection (KFC, McDonalds, Applebees, Wendy's, etc) with no local restaurants on the main roads.

          It was like the twilight zone, driving day after day from north to south, and every intersection looked the same.  I could not tell if I was in Gainesville or Orlando or Tallahassee, because everything looked exactly identical.   It was nothing but concrete, gas stations, and chain restaurants for hundreds of miles.   Jeb Bush's legacy was ... cement!

          •  I suppose I'm fortunate in that regard (0+ / 0-)

            I live in a metro area that's the same size as thirty years ago, while the US as a whole is 38% more populous. Most of the growth here has occurred in a small area. It's not endless malls and commercials development; it's essentially one heavily traveled four lane highway that stretches for five miles. There's not even a Chili's!  

            "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

            by CFAmick on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:18:02 PM PST

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