Louisville ranks 2nd among fast food saturated cities

Fitting for a place that headquarters Yum! Brands, Louisville is the second most fast food saturated city in the country according to a list compiled by The Consumerist, behind only Orlando, FL.

From The Consumerist (h/t The Edit):

Total fast food restaurants: 377
Fast food restaurants per 100,000 residents: 147.1
Most prominent chain: Subway

Last year, the city’s State of Food Report confirmed that food deserts are created in part by a saturation of fast food restaurants in low-income areas, a crisis we’ve been reporting for years.

The report showed, for instance, that along Broadway in west Louisville and east downtown there are a total of 24 fast food restaurants in a 2.8 mile stretch, the highest concentration in the state of Kentucky.

Still, Louisville has made progress on the food justice front, in both the private sector and Metro government, most notably with the city’s “Healthy in a Hurry” corner store initiative.

And in December, former Mayor Jerry Abramson expanded that movement when he signed an executive order creating the Food Policy Advisory Council, which will work to reduce obesity in the community.

The new council will be made up of at least 15 members appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer and will include four department directors — specifically the heads of Metro Parks, Public Health and Wellness, Codes and Regulations, and Economic Development — who will serve as voting ex officio members.

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