Death of the Gayborhood: Queer Aging in the Time of Gentrification

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Capitol Hill, SeattleSeattle is experiencing a new era of gentrification, one that doesn’t just bulldoze low income apartment buildings but is also wiping out traditional gayborhoods, severing the links between queer generations. Two artists respond with resilience.

Seattle is “broverwhelmed.” Between the tech industry and the real estate developers catering to upscale tastes of the increasingly privileged class, Seattle is experiencing a new era of gentrification, one that doesn’t just bulldoze low income apartment buildings but is also wiping out traditional gayborhoods. Tech bros are clambering up the latest high rises, filling local bars that were formerly queer-oriented, sparking a clash with long time queer residents. In the last few years, there’s been a sudden uptick of hate crimes directed at queer people in the historically gay neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

The bro-led takeover of Capitol Hill was consummated when brands started advertising directly to this new, lily-white and cash rich demographic. Jaegermeister ads plaster walls and sidewalks encouraging passersby to: “Relive the Night: You Became Legends on Cap Hill.”

By Chelsea Grimmer – Full Story at Vice

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