Osborne Street. When news spread that American Apparel would be opening up shop in Osborne Village, many people acted as if the street had been bulldozed to make way for a Wall-Mart, a giant Starbucks, and another Wall-Mart. Vandalism on the building could only be interpreted as a “Fuck you, capitalist Americans.”
Okay, maybe American Apparel isn’t a typical Osborne Village retailer, but how can anybody complain about this? They occupied and cleaned up an empty and hideously ugly building (the beloved Die Machine bar was dead), and added a strong retail presence to the street. This is a good thing, and it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone….