WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help?

Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  of the fine capital city of Indianapolis? Please bear in mind: the only purpose of this series is to stand for the appropriate renovation and redevelopment of the built environment of Indianapolis. No malice, no hostility, just an observation and inquiry.

This gas station recently opened at 22nd and Delaware Streets, smack between two wonderful neighborhoods, Herron-Morton Place and Fall Creek Place. While much of Fall Creek Place newer construction in-fill and is not labeled as an “historic neighborhood,” there is still evidence its 100+ years as a neighborhood and one of the early Indianapolis suburbs.

We question the grandfathering of old zoning–does this hurt or help rejuvenation of greater downtown neighborhoods? Just because a gas station stood there 60 years ago, should someone be able to reinstall one without neighborhood input? Homes also once stood on that land, if the past helps to determine the future development. Once a parcel has been used in a certain way, should that relegate it to that same sort of use forevermore?

Why is this an issue in an urban area? This article presents excellent points.