Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s often termed a Ã¢â‚¬Å“post-gayÃ¢â‚¬Â neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well Ã¢â‚¬â€ and vice versa. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse Ã¢â‚¬â€ including the influx of the dreaded Ã¢â‚¬Å“hipsterÃ¢â‚¬Â. But if you can get beyond the sometimes precious conceits of these trendy urban districts, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll discover some of the best businesses and restaurants in the country. Every day for the next two weeks, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be taking a look at a dozen of the most dynamic and interesting post-gay neighborhoods, like the Mission District, in the United States and Canada. These arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily the biggest or the most popular Ã¢â‚¬â€ just a good sampling of especially notable ones.
Mission District in San Francisco, California
Adjacent to arguably the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most recognizable gay ghetto, the Castro, the significantly larger Mission District has a long and fascinating history. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s named for the oldest extant building in the city, Mission San Francisco de Asis, and has been a center of the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mexican-American population for eons. By the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ60s it had become a hub of countercultural activists, feminists, and lesbians, and todayÃ¢â‚¬â€although very much gentrified and increasingly expensiveÃ¢â‚¬â€itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a diverse community known for some of the hippest coffeehouses, indie retail, and creative restaurants in the city.