Guest Neighborhood of the Month is Edgewater. The Dunkin Donuts at 6250 N Clark is a menace. All too commonly the drive-thru is completely full and customers insist on blocking the public way to wait so that they can enter and get their donut or coffee. These photos were taken just a few days ago at 8:30 am which is rush hour. People are going to school or commuting to work via public transport, private auto, bicycle, or on foot. All who pass this Dunkin Donuts are affected by its drive thru. Is this future of Sheridan/Broadway/Devon with the new Starbucks drive-thru? Lets hope not. In a world that is shifting towards increased pedestrian and bicycle safety Dunkin Donuts is a reactionary business that is creating more drive-thrus and creating headaches for everyone. Imagine driving or bicycling down the street and someone stops short in front of you because they can't enter the drive thru yet they insist that they must enter! You have to sit there for a few minutes while traffic backs up behind you. Meanwhile you or others try to move over to the other lane possibly getting into an accident, (which did almost happen to yours truly). As a pedestrian walking down the street you have to wind your way in between cars on the sidewalk hoping that someone doesn't rear end a car causing your death.
Continue reading below for links showing how Dunkin Donuts is affecting the quality of life for people all over the United States.
If you simple google "Dunkin Donuts Drive Thrus" you will see endless discussions about Dunkin Donuts all over the country planning drive thrus, getting drive thrus shot down or shoving them down peoples throats, this is a national epidemic.The links I have listed are the best to read about current Dunkin Donuts drive thru problems.
The most damning link is this one from Boston. The video shows what a living hell this particular Dunkin Donuts has caused this main thoroughfare to become.
Living in the city we shouldn't have as many parking lots and drive-thrus as we do. It decreases the quality of our lives and its why this blogger chooses to live near public transportation and in an area of the city that thankfully doesnt have too many drive-thrus. Hopefully one day this one will bite the dust (6250 N Clark).