There are plenty of people who love drive-thrus, and it’s easy to see why. They’re quick, convenient, and don’t require leaving your car. If you’re a parent wrangling young children, or you’re disabled, you might consider them something of a miracle. So the forgive the anger over the plan, which some have responded to with incredulity and venom for the “dumbsxxxx” behind it, as one opponent remarked on Twitter.
Never mind that the latest anti-automobile edict would once again harm the most vulnerable members of society. One individual who filed a complaint on City Pages’ website could hardly contain his disdain for the bureaucrats going out of their way to make his life more difficult.
I have a spinal cord injury, drive thru’s are wonderful for the likes of us, especially in the winter (I’m talking pharmacy drive thru mainly, but we have the right to drive thru anywhere!) We also need to park in bicycle lanes and outside our houses. So all these bans on cars might be appealing to some, it’s unrealistic in the modern city and a real bane for disabled and elderly people. These interfering do gooder ignorant brats do more harm than anything else.
Yet the big shots at city hall never seem to let the personal impact on the people they’re supposed to serve get in the way of imposing their “vision.”
The biggest issue is they effectively encourage people to drive, and that’s the opposite of what city planners want for Minneapolis. When they envision the city’s future, they see a lot more pedestrians and a lot fewer cars. They see unobstructed sidewalks, less traffic, and more room for housing and offices in place of parking lots.
It seems Minneapolis has a future with all sorts of places to go, but no practical way to get there. The sort of place you might choose to “drive-thru” and keep on going.