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Cunningham: Not lovin' McDonalds rezoning doesn't mean NIMBYs run amok

There has been a lot of criticism of the Tucson City Council not approving the McDonald's on 22nd and Alvernon last week. I'd like to explain a little bit about why this happened.... Read more»

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Apr 30, 2015, 11:05 am
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I thank Mr. Cunningham for this submission. Far too many politicians at far too many layers of government think that explaining their decisions to the constituents is beneath them. So, whenever I see something such as this I am always appreciative of it…even if I don’t agree with all of it. Here’s what I take issue with.

First off, NIMBYism is indeed run amok in Tucson, and has held us back in so many ways. Perhaps NIMBYism didn’t play in this particular case (though to me it sounds as if it did), so Cunningham should have just left that one alone.

The other thing he should have left alone is the mention of job growth. To work in anything about job growth in to any piece where the main subject of the piece is McDonalds is nothing less than absolutely absurd.

All of those things said, and I can’t believe what I’m about to type…I agree with the decision. After I read this piece, I looked up the corner in question on Google Maps. If McDonalds really wanted to, they could make something work on the parcel the way it is now.

Those who wish to criticize the fact that the building would remain vacant should direct their blame to the proprietors of the former business that was located there. Their gas prices were never competitive with the Circle K across the intersection, and they always tacked on a fee whenever you wanted to use a debit card…hardly a crowd pleaser in this day and age. And, that was when they were even accepting debit cards. While I’m sure they blame everyone else, in reality they put themselves out of business.

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Apr 30, 2015, 11:15 am
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@Bret Linden,

Cunningham’s mention of jobs is a response to the critics of the decision, not a topic he raised unilaterally. IOW, “they started it” ; )

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