Ours is not a battle pitting old things against new things. The battle is for inclusion and respect but it’s not just “old folks” who are crying out. It’s people of all ages and experiences. They aren’t upset by change, they are upset by being continually ignored and pushed aside.
Noblesville has one historic area. People from all around Central Indiana come to our Downtown because it has something Carmel and Fishers don’t. Authenticity. Not faux brick veneer or wood made to look old by chemicals instead of time. Is it wrong that people stand up and demand we honor that, preserve that? Is it so hard to say that we are going to hold new buildings to a higher standard in this one area of the city to make sure that they compliment their surroundings as opposed to clashing with them?
As I mentioned, we are only talking about one area of what is a fairly large city. People didn’t protest the building of a modern hotel and conference center on the east side because it was “too modern”. Why? Because it fit in with its surroundings. There’s cohesion and uniformity, why is wanting that all of a sudden a bad thing when a developer wants to build downtown? There is so much of this great city left to be developed, I’m not promoting the idea that we need to submit every single idea to a public vote or make every developer use reclaimed barn wood and hand made bricks. That would be insane! Let’s bring redevelopment downtown but let’s do it in a way that honors the legacy of all those that came before us as well as those yet to come.
In the end it all boils down to this; We must be responsible in what we do and respectful of how we do it. If I become your Mayor that will be my pledge to you.