This week, let’s consider more than just the physical, but enter into the philosophical also. This large building on 21st Street has been shuttered for 10+ years. Many neighborhoods have similar properties within their boundaries.

Does this hurt or help–having an expansive commercial property in a neighborhood not being used? (At one time, this building was part of a bustling Talbott Village.) Large commercial buildings like this can add or subtract from its neighborhood. What do you think? Should there be limits to how many years a commercial space can be shuttered or is this irrelevant? If you lived by this, what would you hope for its future?

Should there be rules in place for those owning multiple properties or certain kinds of properties? Should there be a statute of limitations on how long buildings can remain vacant in revitalized/ revitalizing neighborhoods? How could people be incentivized? How could this become an asset to its surroundings?  An interesting issue to ponder. Your thoughts?


From a community betterment 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 observation and inquiry with a sense of humor.