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McDonald’s in America [progress]

Few things scream America more than the golden arches of McDonald’s. And thanks to the company’s relentless expansion push, you can find the low prices, great tastes and predictability of McDonald’s in over 120 countries across the globe.

But while McDonald’s continues to spread American ideals around the world, it is also expanding here at home.  Stephen Von Worle over at the blog Weather Sealed decided to map out just how ubiquitous McDonald’s has become in an effort to figure out if there is anywhere in the county that is out of McDonald’s reach.

Here is the map he came up with:


Turns out that at 107 miles from the nearest McDonalds, some godforsaken stretch of South Dakota is the pretty much the last place in the lower 48 without adequate access to a Happy Meal.

But while many view this map as a sign of just how homogenous the American suburban landscape has become, I prefer to look at it as a sign of progress. After all, even I find myself stranded between Glad Valley and Meadow, South Dakota, I still know that free refills, clean restrooms and a drive-thru window is only a 2-3 hour drive away.

God Bless America!

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  6. John Doe says:

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