Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 September18th2019

Sell for More News: This is not a joke…Major US City bans drive-throughs

Published on September 18th, 2019

Sell for More News is a weekly blog series with interesting information from the world of commercial real estate.


There is no punchline.  Minneapolis has enacted a ban on drive-throughs.  You’d think they’d be a little more sensitive to losing residents given their taxes and 8 months of winter…but it seems not. Drive-through lanes, shockingly, will be phased out.

They argue that the incentives to do this are safer roads for drivers and pedestrians and cleaner air.

They believe drivers are distracted before they pull in to order food and again when they pull out after receiving their orders, putting pedestrians in danger.

More importantly, they are discouraging the use of automobiles in an effort to meet their city-wide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.  As a bonus, banning drive-throughs should reduce vehicle idling, thereby improving air quality.

In order to reach the city’s goal, the Minneapolis 2040 plan includes several unique measures:

  • Eliminating off-street-parking minimum times
  • Limiting the construction of new surface parking lots
  • Rezone neighborhoods to allow multifamily residences in all areas of the city
  • Impose strict parking restrictions near mass transit stations
  • Car repair businesses will also be prohibited close to Minneapolis Metro stations
  • Another step yet to be enacted is a ban on new gas stations throughout the city

That said, the sky won’t fall right away.  The bans on drive-throughs and gas stations both apply to new structures only.  Existing locations will be grandfathered in.

And let’s not forget…people love to drive-through. Drive-throughs aren’t limited to restaurants but also include liquor stores, cleaners, banking, grocery shopping, postal services, pharmacies, photo processing shops, and much more.

Starbucks has drive-through windows at 40% of its current coffee shops and plans to include drive-throughs in 60% of new locations.

McDonald’s just began using artificial intelligence with drive-through menu boards to tempt customers to make extra purchases.

One thing is for sure…Minneapolis is going to be an interesting social experiment to monitor.


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