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A return to the egregious tortures of vintage retail/ commercial buildings. Street level frontage here suffers a serious beat-down. Bet this was gorgeous in its heyday.

Between the bright awnings, obnoxiously large billboard and the closed in windows on the east elevation and whatever that is going on south of the windows…this baby is in serious need of some TLC.

5 responses to “WTH: Vintage Retail Wreck”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    you are so correct, tiffany. These former vibrant commercial centers with “walkability” definitely have potential to become strong centers of economic activity and stability rather than eyesores in older neighborhoods, throughout the “pre-Unigov” corporate limits (one can see what happened when Unigov was established by looking at IPS’ boundaries, where the city limits USED to be…)

  2. Norm Morford says:

    Tiffany —

    That building stands just south of the southern boundary of Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Ass’n. area.

    I don’t think I would ever deal with the tax service who occupy the first floor space closest to the corner, but at least it is good that they are occupying it. If you move west on 38th street, there are several older apartment buildings that appear not to have anyone living in them — and perhaps those buildings have also been abandoned by their owners. There is a different neighborhood ass’n south of 38th, but I wonder to what degree that group monitors the commercial spaces on their edges.

  3. Mike says:

    What can every day citizens do to help?

  4. Tom Wade says:

    The last time I was in this this building it looked even worse. I realize that this retailer has to do a lot of business is a short period of time to pay his rent (a Chicago based franchise owner) but we can all do our part by not allowing this kind of signage to make a bad situation worse.

    No matter what the violation the code enforcement for signage is only enforced when a complaint is filed. While I’m sure the billboard is legal and means potentially a thousand or more in rent to the property, the window signage and maybe even the awnings are definite code violations.

  5. Julie Bush says:

    UGH – you are so spot on! I drive by this almost every week and it is heartbreaking. There are also several historic retail buildings south of it and west of it that are in dire need of TLC and new urban retail beginnings.

    Not sure how I feel about the billboard. It’s good information, but it almost adds a sterotype to the area.

    I know Indy can do better!