Date:Oct. 26, Nov. 2; other New Times' publications published between Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.
"The neighborhood service station is a dying institution. Once as ubiquitous as the neighborhood grocery and mom-and-pop diner, service stations have been closing in dramatic numbers for two decades. Though the oil industry says the stations are merely casualties of a changing marketplace, the dealers who lease and run them say there's a more insidious reason. They're being forced out of business by their own parent companies."