- I would rather see a million Subways (or McDonald's (MCD) as it were) line a neighborhood than a million hipsters. Walk through San Francisco's Mission District for a couple of hours then you tell me if the smell of Big Macs is any more irritating than e-cigarette "smoking" cool kids riding fixed-gear bikes they have no business owning.
- People often crave familiarity. Who the heck am I to rob them of this comfort? Or to argue that my attitude, even if stooped in education, should reign supreme?
- Since when do local businesses deserve carte blanche? They don't. People vote with their minds, hearts and wallets. Don't like it? Go live elsewhere. Local business thrives when local business executes and local communities provide unconscious support through their day-to-day, seemingly mundane shopping habits.
(MCD) plans to add at least 1,500 new locations to its total 35,000 over fiscal 2014, 50% more than over 2012. At the company's investor meeting on Thursday, senior management announced 2014 capital expenditure of $2.9 billion to $3 billion, providing for the openings of between 1,500 and 1,600 new restaurants and 1,000 renovations.Here's one recent renovation -- with a really funny temporary drive-thru setup -- I spotted a couple months' back in West Los Angeles: