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Goodbye, Big Burger Freeze

Original post made on Jun 10, 2014

It's not without a bit of irony that the growing number of people with a disease caused by poor diet and sedentary living has finally spurred the redevelopment of a long-abandoned fast food eatery.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:00 AM

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Posted by DoctorData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

DoctorData is a registered user.

I'm glad to hear that something useful will appear on what is otherwise a derelict lot on the main thoroughfare in Mountain View.

I'm disappointed that the author led off with asserting that diabetes is a disease of the sufferer's own making. While it's certainly true that people with type 2 diabetes may have developed the disease through poor lifestyle choices, it's not true of people with type 1 diabetes; at the least, we still have not isolated the causes of type 1 diabetes.

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

"For a long time the parcels lay vacant as the city tried to assemble adjacent properties for larger redevelopment,"

So this is the reason El Camino is Filled with vacant lots and old buildings.
And not because no one what's to move in, I hear Chick Fil-a would love to move in. Much better on the heart than burgers.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

What ignorance to proclaim diabetes is only caused by bad diet.

Or is arrogance a better word?

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Posted by Captain Obvious
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

They never said it was the only cause, it was you who inferred that. Do you get upset if someone says cancer is a disease cased by smoking?

Mission control, this Commenter station 1, we have confirmation that the nit has been picked. Repeat: the nit has been picked.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

When I moved here in the early 50’s it was a Foster Freeze a chain franchise that sold soft ice cream I think the same people that want to save the Century 21 theater in San Jose should take this up as a project to save the only remaining original soft serve ice cream building on El Camino.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

It was a Foster Freeze which had parking in front, when street was widening to 6 lanes from 4 lanes, sidewalk was added also business got slower. Lots of businesses along El Camino Real lost parking, lost the front of their building or lost their building altogether.

Some businesses lost quick in and out access from El Camino Real due to the lost of the center turn lane replaced by customers having to make U-turns. Some businesses moved to the locations, other managed to stay but most people would just drive by on a 6 lanes highway

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Looks like some get sensitive on the subject of diet and disease -- never mind that the link between diet and the onset of Type 2 diabetes has been established.

But hey, if the thought of having to deal with Type 2 diabetes doesn't keep you away from burgers or Chick-Fil-A, more power to you.

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Posted by Hamburger Lover
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Yes, lets do what some silly residents of San Jose want to do and declare the site a historical piece of US architecture.

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Posted by Zipclock
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Finally. That little ruin of an ice cream place was so sad and neglected. Now, what about the old Choice Luggage shop location? The whole place looks unstable, like it's ready to fall over. The plywood boards over the windows makes it an even bigger eyesore.

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Posted by Joer
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I always drive by little places like this (there's another similar hamburger spot in Fremont) and wonder what kind of customers are frequenting the place. I never see anybody eating outside and the parking lot is always empty.

In N' Out is just down the block, I figure most people would choose In N' Out because at least they know what they're getting.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Joer, it has been closed/abandoned for years and years

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Posted by Milk Pail
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

So let's see if I understand this. The city demands shared parking for a site that hardly anyone will use, but they put their heads in the sand for Milk Pail, a community resource that many many use.

Yep, that's our political system working at it's best. Good job city staff, good job.

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Posted by Dr Adviceo
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

How old was this building, I'm sure it has used it's useful obsolescence. They should put in a Cannabis Dispensary to supply patients in the area.

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