So what's going on here?
Mark Roland has excellent and thorough coverage, required reading:
Here's a thought: I lived in Hell's Kitchen in the mid 1990s, and witnessed the almost overnight transformation of Times Square from Midnight Cowboy / Needle Park style to Disneyfication (and if you're one of those nostalgic for the old seedy sleazy Times Square, I'm just going to shake my head and bite my tongue).
My point: the 1995 zoning law prevented clustering of sex shops, preventing them from being within a certain distance of one another. Thereby immediately closing down a majority of them in Times Square.
Here in Beacon we have a brand new gas station a block and a half away from the one being torn up.
So why can't we just pass a zoning law limiting the distance between gas stations, effectively shutting this one down for good?
Nothing wrong with gas stations, or sex shops, It's just not necessary to cluster them in a location that made sense historically, but not anymore.
Pass the zoning law now before this one is rebuilt, while the owners are still scratching their heads over the extra time and cost of environmental remediation. We can do something so much better with the corner.
Now also would be the time, while they're still reeling, to convince the owners they can get more bang for their buck with something other than a gas station. Any ideas?
I'll go rant at a city council meeting a coming Monday by myself about this regardless, I'm sufficiently motivated. But if anyone wants to join me, it's always more impressive when it's a group of people. There's a council meeting tomorrow on March 2 at 7 PM, and one on March 16 at 7 PM. The 16th? While there may be plenty who agree with us and who are on the council, the public giving voice to the concern allows them to act citing public consensus and opinion. It's easy, quick, and has a big impact. PM me at email@example.com or comment below and if anyone is interested, we'll set something informal up, like meet at Bank Square Coffeehouse around 6:45 PM / 7 PM and walk over to City Hall, done before 8 PM.