Thursday, March 20, 2008

Uptown's Newest Drive-Thru

From Chicago Sun-Times: It is unknown if anyone was injured Thursday morning when a vehicle crashed into a Dunkin' Donuts store on the North Side.

Police received reports that a vehicle struck a Dunkin' Donuts building at 1441 W. Montrose Ave. about 6:25 a.m. Thursday, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

According to the Dunkin' Donuts website, a store is located at that address.

It is unclear as of 8:30 a.m. whether anyone was injured or how much damaged was caused by the accident.


  1. Crazy. I hope nobody was injured. That location is open 24 hours and is very busy in the morning.

    I discovered it when I went to get my coffee this morning.

  2. That's not a drive-thru.... that's a "drive-into"...

  3. MMMMMMMMMMM.....Munchkins.

  4. I drove by for a peek this afternoon and they've already put in a new window.

    They must have read that "Broken Windows" urban crime theory book.

  5. Interestingly enough, Helen posts articles on her website that refute the Broken Windows theory. Most people object to disorder in their neighborhood. Not Helen!

  6. Thanks for pointing out these papers on her website anon 10:57.

    In short, they don't say "broken windows theory is wrong and closed." Therefore, they should not be used as some kind of evidence for a lay audience.

    The general public's understanding of "the broken windows theory" bears little resemblance to the actual broken windows theory that is being discussed in these articles. However your average reader will look at the whole thing and decide some credible brainiacs have proven it wrong and therefore Helen is right after all.

    Anyone who actually knows these particular authors' work---and how the research has moved beyond the broken windows theory---probably wants to bang their head against a brick wall with all of the piss-poor decisions passing for sensitive public policy around here.

    So, what you have here is what everyone probably expected: selective use of "facts" in order to substantiate a position that is set in stone.

    I feel sorry for her in a way. Learning from others is one of the greatest joys in my life. It is hard work but very satisfying in the end. Compromise and reflection shouldn't be avoided---especially when you are an elected official.

  7. Ah, there is that incredible arrogance of Helen Shiller showing through again. In her mind, she knows more than her mere constituents. In her mind, she knows more than her fellow council members who can’t know how to show compassion or pass a budget as well as she can. In her mind, she knows more than the God she does not believe in. No wonder her favorite saying, when challenged, is, “That’s not my reality.” Her pumped up vision of herself is no one’s reality but her own.