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Rena S. Wells: Fast food: Keep walkable neighborhood free from chicken fingers

Regarding the June 14 Camera story on Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers applying to build a restaurant in Boulder:

Seriously!? A town with a sugar tax to keep its citizens healthy and ward off obesity and diabetes is now considering a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise offering nothing but artery-clogging food?

And while the town is right-sizing bike and pedestrian paths and trying to get us out of our cars and onto public transportation to reduce traffic, along comes an outfit totally against all those goals: a one-story building surrounded by a black-topped parking lot and two drive-thru lanes on a space that could perhaps accommodate a building of three to four stories with affordable apartments, retail shops on the ground floor, and a bit of green space and a small playground.

It’s such a walkable neighborhood, right on a major bus stop, within walking/biking distance to a drugstore, a grocery store, with two major multiuse paths half a block away, restaurants and other amenities.

Being on the west side of mostly commercial establishments along 28th Street and Valmont Road, hardly anyone would be affected by losing the precious view of the mountains.

I hope there will be enough pushback from the community to influence the Boulder Planning Commission’s decision.

Rena S. Wells


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