Environment: The Fast-Food Furor

Urban Americans have become inured to everything from muggings to traffic jams to the destruction of architectural landmarks. But there seems to be one last insult that many city dwellers cannot endure: the invasion of franchised fast-food outlets. Cambridge, Mass., for example, has passed an ordinance that virtually bans any chain store selling burgers, pizza, fried chicken or hot dogs. In Washington, B.C., angry residents recently blocked Gino's (burgers) from building on Dupont Circle. In the residential Broadmoor section of New Orleans, pickets are protesting a Popeye's Fried Chicken shop. At least three...

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