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Old 03-09-2007, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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What are some of the nation's heavily gay neighborhoods?


And also what are characteristics of these gay neighborhoods?
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:19 AM
 
Location: wrong planet
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Washington DC has a large gay population, especially around the Dupont Circle area. There are several gay paper/magazines that come out monthly, stores and gay/lesbian clubs, too. Dupont circle is a fun place with lots of little shops, coffee shops and nice restaurants, but it is an expensive area.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Characteristics of a gay neighborhood....Small in size with tiny homes and apartments, was a ghetto or run down area in the past, is now selling for 2-3 times what it's worth, has businesses which are all overpriced, has a lot of unfriendly people, and is always within 10 miles of a large body of water. That pretty much sums it up.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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When I lived in San Francisco the gay center was the Castro, which is Castro Street/Market Street and then most of the surrounding neighborhoods going south and east and northeast into Duboce Triangle. It's all rainbow flags and mostly male couples with a few lesbians sprinkled in here and there. There's a 'uniform'..at least there was when I lived in SF... that a lot of gay men there wear. At that time is was the "clone" look, and also a Caesar haircut. It's been years since I lived in San Francisco and I've forgotten a lot of the geography, but the Castro is mostly gay owned businesses, barber shops, theaters, cafes, bookstores, etc. and the Victorian houses are beautifully maintained.
When people think about San Francisco being "gay", it's not San Francisco per se, it's the Castro, though gays live all over the City. It's a city with the most distinctive neighborhoods for sure.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Long Beach, CA has a huge gay/lesbian population. They live in all areas of this City, so there is not one main characteristic in a neighborhood.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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In Chicago, IL it's an area on the North Side called Boystown.

www.boystownchicago.com

There's more information on it. They have plenty of parades, fairs, market days, etc. It's a very yuppie area. No homes really, lots of tall apartment buildings, Starbucks and Caribou coffee house on almost every corner. Very nice neighborhood though.
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:23 AM
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Naya01 - and pretty expensive to live in too. Market Days is a lot of fun, regardless of your sexual orientation, I've been a few times and have always enjoyed myself. Also, in Chicago, Andersonville is becoming increasingly popular with the gay community, but is more laid back and not so much centered around bars and such. I used to live close to Andersonville and frequented Women and Children first (a feminist bookstore in the area that holds lots interesting lectures) and noticed that the area was getting a lot of 'spill over' from the folks from boystown looking to settle down a bit more.

Andersonville is very hard to characterize, it is a formerly Swedish neighborhood that has long since changed, and there is a slight middle-eastern and Asian presence there now (Asian is a spill over from Argyle street I'm sure), but there are a couple of Swedish Deli's still there where the employees know Swedish, i took someone from Sweden up there once and she tried to no avail to get the 'hey I speak Swedish' discount from the Deli counter . In addition to that, the area is of course now awash with the sorts of business that characterize any well established mostly wealthy urban area (starbucks, etc).
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Oh yeah, Market Days is a blast! Me and my boyfriend go all the time. I've also been to that bookstore before. I love it. And you're very right about Andersonville and Boystown. Boystown, I think is more of a place for a younger crowd. People who want to just be themselves without being judged and be free. I love that neighborhood and i'm straight. I'd move there in a heartbeat. I like any area where people can be themselves and aren't judging others constantly.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:50 PM
 
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Philadelphia PA Center City Washington SQ west
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Old 03-09-2007, 01:36 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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I knew the Castro in SF quite well. I used to shop there. Very upscale - generally speaking, gay people know how to eat! Also, there's usually some kind of 24 hour eatery. There, it's a restaurant on Market called "Little Orphan Andy's", at least there was.
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