First Fast Food, Now South L.A. Looks to Ban Convenience Stores

Community activists are calling for a ban on new convenience stores in South Los Angeles, a lower income part of town that saw a ban on new fast food restaurants last year.

The proposed ban would limit how closely convenience stores could be located to one another, unless they provide fresh fruit and vegetables. The call for these new restrictions comes after the release of a report detailing how the fast food ban had done little to reduce obesity in the area.

"The Los Angeles City Council is set to consider a proposal that would limit the density of these small food stores in South Los Angeles, said Councilwoman Jan Perry, a proponent of regulations adopted last year establishing a moratorium on new openings of fast-food restaurants whose 9th District includes much of South Los Angeles.

The proposal, part of the developing Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan, would prohibit such small neighborhood markets from being closer than one-half mile from one another unless they sold fresh fruit and vegetables."

Full Story: Obesity concerns spur calls to limit new convenience stores in South L.A.


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