OH MY FUCKING GOD. While my recent post about the opening of Chipotle in downtown Jamaica (that some hate that term) on the Ave (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/chipotle-planning-to-open-in-downtown-jamaica-on-the-ave/) had many liking that idea, there were, of course (it’s Jamaica), those who thought a 5 star fancy French Restaurant with valet parking was coming and that it was the end for Jamaica and major gentrification. One commented “They shutting Down The Ave ”
REALITY CHECK FOLKS, it is only a fucking Chipotle. A CHIPOTLE, owned by McDonald’s and a two notches above Taco Bell and a notch below AppleBee’s. Probably the same folks who were outraged that how dare an Applebee’s come into the hood and ruin “The Ave” and all it’s crappiness.
That “Chipotle Armageddon” post on Clean Up Jamaica Queens Facebook page was shared like crazy and some of the Jamaica residents (mostly young) thought it was Armageddon Gentrification. Many also hated the term “Downtown Jamaica”, which, was a term I coined when I first moved here to Jamaica, because, well, it is the business district with businesses, etc, so I would call it that, then down the road, I noticed the powers that be and developers were using it all the time. Again, get over the use of that, I mean it is a downtown area, small, but a downtown area, never the less. I am partial to “The Ave”, much hipper and cooler, so maybe you don’t want that because then you will notice developers and greedy real estate agency saying “Great apartment location and just a few blocks from THE AVE, where you can work & play.”
This was one of the top highest posts since this blog was created, with the “Chipotle Armageddon” reaching 1,019 and 1,957 (readers, comments & shares). While as can be seen, most liked it, there were of course the ones, who cannot stand to see any type of positive progress in Jamaica and look at it as “gentrification”, which when you think about it is a sad state of mentality with some people here, they would be content to see Jamaica continue as a trashed, crime ridden, nonsense, crap retail/food ghetto place. While there are some things I like about the area and I do like that real urban feel (as compared to fake hipster cool), the area does need cleaning up and some sprucing here and there and that means some nice places to balance out the crap like 99 cent stores, cheap electronic stores, tons of beauty supply stores, crappy food choices and flea market type retail.
Anyway, I had to post some of the comments where folks were in an outrage and I found some of them to be funny, but my 5 top ones, be they negative or positive were these ones, of course #1 being my favorite, this person KNOWS REALITY:
- Yeah. But until this place gets gentrified, this is going to to be the ghettoest chipotle to exist.
- Yay white bitches in the hood
- They always gonna run out of chicken
- Trash ass food
- That’s what they’re putting there?! There’s already an overpriced Taco Bell across the street!
And here are some of the “doomsday” Facebook comments:
they really making jamaica white again smh
There ain’t no downtown Jamaica
Downtown Jamaica ?🤔🤔 Its Called The Ave
First Starbucks now we getting chipotle to ? 😭
I knew it son I was like they either gonna put a shake shack or chipotle 🤦🏾♀️
OOOOOHHH IT’S OVER
DOWNTOWN JAMAICA 😂😂😂😂😂😂
They “downtown ing ” everything right?
Gentrification on the way
The Regentrification of Jamaica Centre, Jamaica has already begun. First Starbucks now Chipotle! Hmmmmm!
opened a Starbucks and now this, I peep the game now
Downtown added to anything other than manhattan means “gentrification, coming to a hood near you”
The part that’s killling me is they said downtown Jamaica.
They shutting Down The Ave
Nah the Dallas BBQs that’s going to be on parsons is going to shut down the Ave
Stop trying to gentrify Jamaica Queens.
Just stop. 🙄🙄
Downtown Jamaica. Stoppppp
Tf is going on here
Yeah. But until this place gets gentrified, this is going to to be the ghettoest chipotle to exist.
If they add a chik fila it’s gonna get noticeably gentrified real quick
Gentrification. They trynna fix the area up so more white people will invest in it and push the minority’s out
If I see one more post abt down town Jamaica. Mother fucker this isn’t manhattan it’s called the fucking ave dick heads. On another note cool chipotle gone be over there. Still another sign of gentrification
Right lmao tryna make it sound sophisticated n shit
The bar is set high as to the people who live there set it high enough to be gentrified no? so please STFU… when it comes to knowing what is bad and what is good for a community…last time I checked the places that had Chipotle or a trader joes…there was less and less black folk to be found… so shove all that 1…