Sites of Convenience
Opposite McDonald’s (via Google Street View)
2020 - Ongoing

I’ve been taking screenshots of locations around McDonald's via Google Street View since about May 2020. Currently, I have about 3000 of them.

McDonald’s has become something of a byword for convenience - a place to buy a quick and cheap meal, a place to use the toilets, a place to sit down for a while. Outlets are distinctive, ubiquitous and largely interchangeable.

I don’t know too much about how McDonald's locations are selected, I’d like to look into that more. I think it varies depending on the country and how the franchise system works there. I suspect it’s mostly about money - where would access to the McDonald’s brand of convenience ease, familiarity, (usually) affordability be most lucrative?

But this isn’t a project about McDonald’s. Rather, it’s about the surrounding urban landscapes and what ‘convenience’ looks like. I like the variation. Over time, as I have collected more, patterns have emerged: Anonymous roads and twisting freeways.  Shopping malls and suburban corners. More casinos than I would have expected.

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Opposite the McDonald's on Priestsic Rd,
Sutton-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom
Google Street View, June 2016

Opposite the McDonald's on Nieuweweg-Noord,
Veenendaal, Netherlands
Google Street View, June 2017

Opposite the McDonald’s on Brakelsesteenweg,
Ninove, Belgium
Google Street View, June 2017

Opposite the McDonald's at Leboh Ayeh Keroh, Bukit Baru,
Malacca, Malaysia
Google Street View, June 2017

Opposite McDonald's at Plaza Alameda
Guadalajara, Mexico
Google Street View, June 2017

Opposite the McDonalds Moak-ro and Pyeonghwa 2(i)-dong,
Jeonju-si, South Korea
Google Street View, September 2015

Opposite the McDonald's on ул. Алабин,
Sofia, Bulgaria
Google Street View, June 2015

Opposite the McDonald's Granville St,
Vancouver, Canada
Google Street View, May 2016

Opposite the McDonald's on Beirut Street in Al Qusais Industrial Area Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
Google Street View, May 2015

Opposite the McDonald's on Wyndham Ave,
Boyne Island, QLD, Australia
Google Street View, January 2015

Opposite the McDonalds on US Hwy 1,
Sebastian, FL, United States
Google Street View, June 2011

Opposite the McDonald's on Geierau,
Haag am Hausruck, Austria
Google Street View, June 2019

Opposite the McDonald's on 2. Gündoğdu Sk.
Bursa, Turkey
Google Street View, July 2014

Opposite the McDonald's on Av. Rivadavia (by Av. La Plata),
Caba, Argentina
Google Street View, September 2015

Opposite the McDonald's at 2 Chome-9-45 Tokojimachi,
Fukuoka, Japan
Google Street View, February 2017

Opposite the McDonald's on Cleveland St,
Rapid City, SD, United States
Google Street View, August 2011

Opposite the McDonald's E 42nd St,
Odessa, TX, United States
Google Street View, January 2019

Opposite. the McDonalds on 2 Ave W,
Prince Albert, SK, Canada
Google Street View, August 2018