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.
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…”