I don’t like fast food; I don’t like fast food companies; and I avoid spending my money at fast food restaurants.
I am, I believe, an opponent of fast food.
That said, Los Angeles’s recent move to place a one year moratorium on the construction of new fast food restaurants raises some serious questions in my mind:
1. How are they going to define a fast food restaurant? (Poorly, haphazardly, and unclearly it seems…)
2. Is there going to be any kind of outreach or community education about why this is being done adn the pitfalls of fast food?
3. And most importantly, will this make any difference in people’s eating habits?
Sadly, regarding # 3, I can’t imagine that it will. I’m sure that these areas are already replete with shitty food options, and there doesn’t seem to be any provision for providing GOOD eating options as alternatives. Why not sponsor greenmarkets, LA? Or send fruit and vegetable vendors into these areas like NYC is doing in the South Bronx?
I think city governments should be doing more to encourage healthy eating. Calories on menus and trans-fat bans have been great steps forward, but I think this ban is going to accomplish nothing except shutting down some businesses that shouldn’t be and making people angry.
Ah well, Angelenos, nice try.