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Visualizing the Distance Between the Nearest Golden Arches

By: Marissa Liu - Published: • References: weathersealed & seriouseats
In an attempt to “gauge the creep of cookie-cutter commercialism,” blogger Stephen Von Worley visualizes proximity of McDonald's. Why did he choose to map the nearest golden arches? Well in the blogger’s own words, “there’s no better barometer than McDonald’s – ubiquitous fast food chain and inaugural megacorporate colonizer of small towns nationwide.”

Between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley lies the McFarthest Spot. It is 107 mile (145 miles by car) from the nearest golden arches. McDonald’s are most populous at the population centers (big cities) and along the highway grid but rest assured that if you’re looking for the nearest golden arches, a McDonald’s will be easy and quick to spot. Stats for Fast Food Maps Trending: Older & Mild
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