Nick Koss, second-year student, Business
I can understand it, but I don’t particularly like it. I liked it the way it was before. I liked how it had a different feel than the rest of the city, and that’s changing with all the development.
Michael Gallagher, second-year student, Pre-Law
There’s less traffic, less diversity, it’s possibly going to increase crime, and it’s not good for the community. It could increase crime because there will be less business owners on the street level, less business owners surveying the streets, and they’re not going to be able to help that way.
Jessica Werntz, first-year student, Biology
I don’t like how they’re expanding the big box businesses. I think they should keep the smaller family-run businesses in there. It’s better for the local economy.
Bruce Thomas, unemployed
I don’t think it’s bad for them. Maybe it will bring in more shoppers, more workers and jobs and all that.
Candice St. Cyr, private assistant
I think that the neighbourhood has a lot of character and it would be bad for Movie Village to be taken over, for example. It’s probably not just Shoppers that’s going to do this. Businesses are going to move in and suburbanize Osborne Village. Gentrification is bad for already marginalized people…where are they going to go? We’re some of them. I’m a single mom with two kids, I’m Metis.
Jessica Pchajek, customer service representative, 27-7 InTouch
I don’t know why people would close down Movie Village. It’s kind of upsetting because Osborne Village has that feel where there’s different people, you can meet anyone and they have a good story, but now it might attract people who aren’t like that.
Published in Volume 66, Number 15 of The Uniter (January 11, 2012)