A cluster of at least a half-dozen globally recognized chain eateries, hotels and retail stores, housed side-by-side in free-standing buildings. They are located in suburban areas and along the crossings of two or more major highways in rural areas. Franchise-ghettos thrive in areas of low population density that have heavy vehicle traffic. They generate lots of revenue but sap local communities of originality and diversity.
The Memphis suburb of Southaven, Mississippi is home to the "Goodman Rd @ I-55 corridor", a huge franchise-ghetto. This area of one square-mile features an Applebee's, O'Charley's, Outback Steakhouse, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden, two McDonalds, Hampton Inn, Steak & Shake, Chik-Fil-A, Baskin Robbins, Edible Arrangements, Red Lobster, TGI Friday's, Courtyard Marriot, IHOP, Dunkin Donuts, Sonic, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, Popeye's, Longhorn Steakhouse, Over the Border... and others.
by LeighRay November 21, 2011