No Hamburgers for Links

December 21, 2005 at 2:43am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Unsurprisingly, Mayor Seng vetoed the proposed McDonald’s and convenience store/gas station on Capital Parkway across from Lincoln High, in what is now an Alltel parking lot. Her rationale? It’s not the right kind of economic development. In Mayor Seng’s world no economic development is better than economic development that falls short of her utopian vision. I could respect that if 1) Mayor Seng’s vision had a basis in reality; and 2) Mayor Seng had managed to demonstrate an ability to get Lincoln closer to her vision. It doesn’t, and she hasn’t. Mayor Seng would like to see an office building on the lot rather than a McDonald’s. So would I. There’s just one little problem: nobody has offered to build an office building on the lot. I’d like to see a lot of things happen in this city—new world-class arena and convention center anyone?—but that doesn’t mean we ought to turn away any offer that isn’t absolutely perfect. A McDonald’s and convenience store is a reasonable use for the lot in question, and the two businesses stand an excellent chance of doing very well at that location. What’s wrong with that?

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Abe of Lincoln December 21, 2005 at 6:46am

The important thing is that she has a “bold” vision… or was it a bald vision?

Cedric December 21, 2005 at 7:13am

I loved the rationale of the MCd’s creating a traffic/pedestrian hazard. If a HS kid can’t walk across a street by themselves then Darwin should take over. So much for faith in the younger genration…they can’t cross the street but they are responsible for paying into my SS fund? Great.

Gary December 22, 2005 at 4:10pm

I wonder if part of the rationale was the tendency for high school kids to cross streets like herds of cats?  Capital Parkway carries a high volume of traffic and if students chose not to use crosswalks on their limited lunch breaks, it could lead to problems.

I thought Lincoln High had a Burger King inside the building anyway.  Can anyone confirm that?

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