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Minneapolis puts a lid on new drive-thrus in the city

Drive-thrus now open will remain in business

August 09, 2019 - 5:27 am
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No more new drive-thrus are coming to Minneapolis.

The council approved the ordinance on Thursday.

Council members said drive-thrus contribute to noise pollution and traffic, while also making areas less pedestrian-friendly.

"We're not closing any of the current drive-thus," said councilmember Andrea Jenkins. "But, rather, regulating where new ones can occur."

New drive-thrus were already banned in much of the city's zoning districts, but this law covers what was left. 

City leaders say Minneapolis is the first city of its size with this kind of law.

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