The great homogenization of America continues.
Corporate McDonalds said they were striving for a "Starbucks" look.
Why do you think people ooh and ahh over downtown Fairhope? Because it doesn't look like any other place. People like uniqueness. If they want a box store and a parking lot, they can spend their vacation at Anytown USA.
When my husband and I were first married, and without children, (ahh - give me a moment to savor that memory . . .) we drove cross - country. We stuck to our plan and traveled only back roads and ate at locally owned restaurants. It was the best trip ever.
Exit # Whatever . . . Gas Station, Fast Food, Wal-Mart.
There you go, just smoosh them all together
into one giant uniform establishment.
And don't forget, the gas station is right outside the door.
It is possible, you know, to retain local flavor and characteristics if you try. Allow me to present . . .
The McDonalds in Hyde Park, NY. Creative, beautiful solutions are possible.
You can read a story about this McDonald's here.
And why yes, thank you. I'll have fries with that!