Town That Gave Us the Drive-Thru Bans Them

Calif. town battles traffic, obesity
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 6:05 AM CDT
In-N-Out Burger signs fill the skyline in Baldwin Park, Calif.    (AP Photo/Adam Lau)
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(Newser) – The California town that gave the world its first drive-thru restaurant has banned the construction of new ones for at least 9 months. Officials in Baldwin Park, birthplace of the cult classic In-N-Out Burger chain that revolutionized fast food, say the move will both ease traffic congestion and help tackle the obesity epidemic.

"We see ourselves at the forefront of the fight on obesity,” the town's community development manager tells the Christian Science Monitor. “We also want to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk around." Baldwin Park residents who don't want to get out of their cars to get a meal will still have 17 drive-thru establishments to choose from.

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