Fed Up Town Pulls Over Fast Food

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The city of Baldwin Park, Calif., has declared a moratorium on drive-through eateries. The city has 17 of the restaurants already.


It takes time and love to bake a cake. Those on deadline and maybe not feeling the love, often turn to a less celebrated culinary institution: fast food. And for those even more hard pressed, the fast food drive-thru. A meal offered through the car window has been an option for residents of Baldwin Park, California since 1948.

That's the year In-N-Out Burger opened what it claims to be the nation's first-ever drive-thru food joint. Today, the town of 80,000 is served by 17 drive-thru restaurants and the city council has decided that those are quite enough.

Baldwin Park is banning any new drive-thrus for at least nine months, anyway. City Council members are concerned about transfat and those SUVs snaking from the parking lot into the street.

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