Book Excerpt: Fast Food Nation
"This is a book about fast food, the values it embodies, and the world it has made. Fast food has proven to be a revolutionary force in American life; I am interested in it both as a commodity and as a metaphor...The extraordinary growth of the fast food industry has been driven by fundamental changes in American society...The basic thinking behind fast food has become the operating system of todays retail economy, wiping out small businesses, obliterating regional differences, and spreading identical stores throughout the country like a self-replicating code. Americas main streets and malls now boast the same Pizza Huts and Taco Bells, Gaps and Banana Republics, Starbucks and Jiffy-Lubes, Foot Lockers, Snip N Clips, Sunglass Huts, and Hobbytown USAs."
Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism