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However, Wendy's is twice the size of that McDonalds... it's set back from the street with two double-wide curb cuts and a very large parking lot behind. 33,000sf of suburban shit. The only redeeming thing is that it's not ruining a major intersection like the McDonalds at Milwaukee/Western. Other Wendy's in the city are far more compact and efficient... Ashland/Clybourn, Belmont/Keeler, etc. There are better ways to do fast food in the city.
Those are just land banks. Need somewhere for the proposals 5 years from now to go.
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But is it really? Cafe Selmarie opens to Lincoln, not to the plaza. The ice-cream shop is easily visible from Lincoln, only 50 feet away. And the connection is one that pedestrians already want to take, from the residential areas to the east to Lincoln Avenue and the L station.
I know it's not a perfect example and already acknowledged scale differences, but Cafe Selmarie's door is on the corner of the building and they only have one small window facing Lincoln, but several windows and street cafe on the plaza itself. It opens just as much to the plaza as it does to Lincoln.

Google Earth measures 120' from Lincoln to the ice cream shop awnings, and the signage is not visible from Lincoln in the Streetview imagery. The signage is on the south side of the building and vehicle traffic is one-way southbound on Lincoln. No one driving down Lincoln (an already heavily pedestrianized stretch, by the way) is seeing the signage for the ice cream store, even in the winter with no leaves.

I'd say given all that... yes, it counts as successful off-street/ped-only commercial space. I understand your point about success requiring a desirable connection. I think the Wicker Park project provides that. It's immediately adjacent to a CTA stop and provides a good ped shortcut between two busy streets.
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Really fucking lame. Lincoln and Timber Lanes were a huge part of my teen years. Fuck.
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Seems like whenever there's a high profile fire at a business, there's a little aftershock of smaller fires elsewhere in other businesses. Always makes me suspicious of insurance arson.
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^^ Or just plain, ole' copycat arson, frankly.
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I know, total bummer, that rennovation was really beautiful.
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