1/22/2013 11:16:00 AM

East Village Residents Protest 7-Eleven, Attempt to Thwart Chain

Industry watchers are used to residents in the East Village putting up road blocks to bars and clubs in the over-saturated neighborhood, but it seems that the anti-gentrifying troops are marshaling against a new cause:  7-Eleven openings. The NY Times reports that the construction of a new outpost on 11th Street and Avenue A has sparked the neighborhood's ire, with critics raging that it's "boring, bland and not New York." The chain is promising to open over 100 locations in Manhattan, so this is a fight that will surely continue.

Residents are hoping that they can press the City Council to pass rules limiting chain expansion, or at least open discussions to public debate and approval. What do you think, should 7-Eleven be able to expand, or should neighborhood dwellers let supply and demand decide? Read the full article here, and let us know in the comments.

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