Looks like the mainstream media is very interested in Councilwoman Jan Perry's idea to stop building fast food restaurants in our neighborhood that we first covered in the spring.

"Thirty percent of adults in South L.A. are obese, compared with 20.9% in the county overall, according to a county Department of Public Health study released in April. For children, the obesity rate was 29% in South L.A., compared with 23.3% in the county," according to the Los Angeles Times. "And the figures are higher than a decade ago. In 1997, the adult rate was 25.3% in South L.A. and 14.3% in the county. South L.A. also has the highest diabetes levels in the county, at 11.7%, compared with 8.1% in the county."

Not everyone agrees that this is a good idea.

I think that the fast food places, backed by national corporations, are squeezing out any chance that locals have to grow their own businesses. And I know my neighbors appreciate when the taco truck parks nearby because we don't have a Mexican food restaurant for miles around.

Let's count the McDonald's within 3 miles of my house on Sutro (You can try it, too):
1. Arlington and King opened about a year ago.
2. Crenshaw and 43rd
3. Vermont and King
4. Crenshaw Plaza
5. La Brea and King
6. Slauson and Western
7. Slauson and Vermont
8. Crenshaw and Adams
9. California Science Center
10. Chevron at King and Figueroa
(the last two are probably 3.3 miles away - did I miss any?)

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Comment by enhager on September 17, 2007 at 11:11am
* NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: David Sloane of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development was interviewed on “All Things Considered” about the proposed moratorium on new fast food restaurants in one Los Angeles district. “Fast food is more and more seen by many people as a nuisance,” Sloane said. “And nuisances have been regulated by governments for centuries.”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14459040
Comment by enhager on September 14, 2007 at 10:44am
I want to let everybody know that it's important to let the City Council, the LA Times and this community know what you think - especially if you believe it's important to stop these leeches from choking our communities to death. At the LAT, most reader comments - more than 100 - are against the ban and have spurious reasons why South LA is filled with these places. Get the WORD out.

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