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Planning Commission Vote on Mid-City Taco Bell Deferred

A proposed Taco Bell drive-through in Mid-City was slated to be up for discussion at Tuesday's City Planning Commission meeting, but the item was deferred a month because the project's architect got sick and couldn't be there.

Although the item ended up being deferred, that didn't stop meeting attendees from speaking out against the project: they called it unhealthy and "suburban," saying it would cancel out the progress made by the neighboring complex housing Whole Foods and the Refresh Project. But attorney Justin Schmidt at the meeting hilariously pointed out that Whole Foods sells all sorts of unhealthy foods, including "biscuits with sausage gravy and chicken wings next to house-brand sugary sodas," and that Taco Bell has vegan items! He also noted that Broad Street is a major highway that already has several tire shops and a Rally's.

Until next month we have a rendering of the location, which bears the slat walls of many recently built Taco Bell franchises embracing modern architecture styles (though not as modern as the shipping container Taco Bell).

· City Planning defers Taco Bell decision over design concerns [Mid-City Messenger]
· People Are Mad About This Proposed Mid-City Drive-Through Taco Bell [Curbed NOLA]
· Taco Bell Lands a Shipping Container Restaurant at SXSW [Curbed]