Fast-Food Neighbors

August 25, 2005 1 min read

A recent study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health suggests that fast-food chains in the Chicago area tend to set up shop near schools.

This is a troubling finding given the concerns about obesity in this country, especially among urban children.

Some fast-food company officials have said they do not deliberately place their restaurants near schools.

Still, you have to wonder ... Thousands of hungry teenagers with spare cash ... The alluring scent of french fries and greasy burgers.

What do you think? Can schools do anything to prevent fast-food restaurants from setting up shop across the street?

A version of this news article first appeared in the From an Editor’s Desk blog.