Like it or not, the death of “gayborhoods” is a sign of progress, even if it does bring with it some feelings of loss. That, despite an article in Salon.com that highlights one Capitol Hill resident’s complaint that Amazon killed his “gayborhood.”
It’s a gripe I’ve been hearing a lot of lately, but it’s one that lacks both an understanding of history (Capitol Hill wasn’t always a gayborhood) and, frankly, an understanding of its meaning.
The basic argument is that, thanks to Amazon’s high paid, mostly heterosexual work force, not only have they moved to the neighborhoods surrounding their offices, bringing the cost of rent up with them, but they’re taking over spaces that have traditionally been known as gayspaces (bars, coffee shops, etc.). Thus, you have heterosexuals moving into what’s traditionally been known as a gayborhood. But the evolution of a neighborhood becoming all-inclusive is progress.
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