McDonald's won't build in a place where they can't be sure they won't
attract many customers -- so they have no need to force themselves on the
locals; the locals will be happy to patronize the restaurant in droves.
The fault is not in the arches, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
McDonald's *could* build on the corner down from my house, and the
neighborhood would likely patronize the restaurant in droves. This is only
a middle class neighborhood but it does have a few covenants and
restrictions; you can't park a trailer out front (for instance) and house
your cousin in it. And the city does have planning codes that ensure that
new construction is appropriate for the surrounding area. The county has
similar codes, but; residents just voted down a huge sports complex proposal
that would have brought overburdening traffic on small country roads and
paved over prime (and diminishing) river bottomland.
We expect that "those in charge" will do the right thing for us, and when
they don't we can make a huge fuss. Is anyone making a huge fuss in the
neighborhood of Monkey's Jump? Who pays the taxes there? Who votes for
those who approved such an abomination? McDonald's may have a lot of money,
but I don't think it can buy much support where it is not wanted.
Or is this another Clinton situation -- everybody knows it was wrong but now
they're saying it wasn't THAT wrong and let's just forget it?