Ben Johnson

Neighbors' appeal of McDonald's drive-thru earns site upgrades

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Beth Forkenbrock has lived next to the McDonald’s at 1100 University Ave NE for almost 40 years. She still remembers when the ubiquitous burger chain was first built on an empty lot at the corner of University and Broadway Street in 1975, and can recall all of its subsequent expansion: when McDonald’s first created a makeshift drive-thru when those became popular in the 1980s, when it bought land surrounding the store to make room for a bigger parking lot, and when the original store was demolished for a new building in 1994.

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