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Wanna Bite? Barks at South L.A. Burger Ban

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It's been over three years since Jan Perry's proposed moratorium on fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles was approved. And today Bernard Parks estimates that 70 percent of the dining options in his district are fast food.

But it's ridiculous to try and legislate against obesity by barring new businesses from setting up shop in an economically-distressed neighborhood, argues this great takedown published today by

Parks refuses to call it a ban, though he admits that so-called fast food restaurants can no longer be built in the neighborhood.

You can't "create more choices by reducing choices," says Reason editor Matt Welch, with backup from Chazz Weaver of Down Size Me fame.

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Even the man behind the Burger Stand shouts "it's a free country, we should be able to eat what we want to," in between burger flips.

Hard to argue with that.