Thursday, April 06, 2006

Goodbye mom and pop?

We don't think so, yet anyway. But its a slippery slope.

As our first post regarding our new neighborhood we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the nature of the local businesses in the area. Boerum Hill, and we would argue many of the other neighborhoods nearby, have been dominated almost exclusively by 'mom and pop' and similar establishments.

That changed dramatically recently. In our view at least. While the type of clothing they sell might be seen as fitting into the somewhat hipster-ish culture along Smith Street (its pretty yuppified if you ask me), the fact that LA-based American Apparel, a national (nay, international) chain has entered the neighborhood is significant. We sense that the dramatic and booming development the area has sustained recently with Atlantic Avenue complexes going up almost every block may be a connected phenomenon. We're not going to pass judgement too quickly, but we're not thrilled with national chains. On the other hand, perhaps they bring options to the neighborhood, and fill up some of those empty storefronts?


Blogger Keisha said...

Chains are good. They bring clean public bathrooms.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Preworn said...

Very late to this discussion, but the big question to me is how many American Apparel stores does one need within a 1 mile radius of Downtown Brooklyn? There is already the one on Court Street a block off of Atlantic Avenue. And the old Flatbush Pavillion movie theater on near 7th Avenue in Park Slope recently opened. Now this place on Smith Street in a space that used to construct industrial ducts.

I can kind of understand fast food places like Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, etc. opening multiple locations. They serve food items that cater to (mainly) commuters wherever they set up. But American Apparel? Is there really THAT much demand for t-shirts to warrant that many stores in this area of Brooklyn?

8:31 PM  
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