New York City proposing limiting Fast Food Restaurants

From the AP story –

Councilman Joel Rivera, health committee chairman, said at a hearing Wednesday he was exploring the idea of using zoning laws to prevent fast food joints from taking over city streets.

As we start to focus more and more on obesity and similar issues, we’re bound to see more items like these, where the government (and some people) will want to legislate obesity away in some manner or another.

The problem with these solutions is that they generally want to seperate fast food restaurants from other eating establishments, even though many of these non-fast food restaurants have similar culpabilities as their fast food brethern. Yes, eating at fast food restaurants on a regular basis is bad. But is it any worse than having a bacon cheeseburger and fries at TGIFridays, or a Chimichanga at Don Pablo’s on a regular basis?

Councilman Rivera’s proposal is unlikely to go anywhere fast. As the article notes “Mitchell Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at New York University, said it’s unlikely any zoning resolution could dictate that level of detail. The zoning code for eating and drinking establishments does not distinguish types of food.”

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