gapwatch
Gapwatch | Mythical Betting Pool | Wagered predictions for when global clothing giant The Gap will open a store in Gastown (a Vancouver neighbourhood seen to be balancing on the tipping point of corporate retail takeover). Though often referred to, we can find no evidence that the Gapwatch actually exists. It’s likely more of a general statement of anxious sooth and resignation from those who are especially possessive of their neighbourhood and fear the obliteration of its character.

See also: The Full Versace, Donnelized.

Usage | “If I could, I’d put a tenner on April, 2017 in the Gapwatch…”

Counterpoint | “If a neighbourhood’s character can’t withstand the arrival of ubiquitous retail, it couldn’t have been much of a neighbourhood in the first place…”

explore-the-lexicon

There are 0 comments

How Vancouver Tries To Protect Its Spectacular Views from Indifferent Developers

“Protecting a view corridor is just one of the many ways in which City Hall can take a brave stand against the developers who bankroll them…”

The White Bicycles One Occasionally Sees on the Side of the Road

"I hope with all these new bike lanes we will see fewer ghost bikes."

The Horrible Stench Of Death That Hits East Van In The Summer

"We were thinking about doing a backyard BBQ but the chickenstink is on full tilt today..."

The Section Of The West Coast Exempt From Provincial Fire Bans

"We booked a campground reservation at Alice Lake before they announced the campfire ban. Now we're heading to Tofino to take advantage of the Fog Zone..."