Greed, Part I....
According to the Boston Globe, the landlord, after serving an eviction notice, informed the award-winning owners that he would be taking over the space and opening his own dry cleaning business. This, even though the landlord has no dry-cleaning experience. This yutz/landlord has seemingly forgotten about what makes a neighborhood business, and particularly a business that has won a "best of" award, successful - something called "goodwill."
"Goodwill" is the likelihood that the business owner will let someone pick up his shirts even after that someone has forgotten his wallet, allowing for payment next time. Goodwill is making sure that someone gets her dress back a day earlier than it would usually be ready because someone really needs it for a special occasion. Goodwill is not knocking a hard-working business owner out of the ring so that you can take over - you can't really buy goodwill. It has to be earned. Greedy landlords don't deserve it.
And in the bigger scheme, the loss of a well-liked neighborhood dry cleaner is just another loss that suffocates a neighborhood of its soul. The dry cleaning plastic bags on my shirts that warn against the "danger of suffocation" were more appropriate than I thought. Anyone notice a theme happening in the South End?