Archive for January, 2007

Just the facts

January 13th, 2007 No comments

Thank you, Susan Lampert-Smith, for your oh so nostalgic, yet entirely factless column.

First, I didn’t know that the McDonald’s on Lake Street had closed. Did you? No, I don’t really miss it nor care overall that it closed, I just find it odd that it did. It was always full of college students and bums (both have similar budgets), so it seems odd that they would up and close.

When I heard about this, the first thing I asked was “Why?” That’s where this article comes into play. One sees it and thinks “Ah, good, this will answer all my questions.” It doesn’t. Some key things are missing from it that any good journalist would have answered. For instance:

  • Who owns that paritcular McDonald’s?
  • Why are they closing?

The second question only got a tiny bit of attention, with one line explaining it “Now the store is closing because remodeling the restaurant didn’t make financial sense. It is likely to be replaced with a post office.” Were they being forced to remodel by McDonald’s corporate office? Were things falling apart and spending money on fixing it wold break the bank? Where did one get the fact that it’s going to be replaced with a post office? Did she read that on some USPS blog?

Blah. I don’t really care so much about the McDonald’s closing. I don’t really care so much about the post office opening either. I do care enough to realize that when people walk past it they’re going to say “I didn’t know that closed. What happened?” With that article, I really don’t have a clue.

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