Post-Gayborhood: Mission District, San Francisco

Mission District

Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the influx of the dreaded “hipster”. But if you can get beyond the sometimes precious conceits of these trendy urban districts, you’ll discover some of the best businesses and restaurants in the country. Every day for the next two weeks, we’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 aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most popular — just a good sampling of especially notable ones.

Mission District in San Francisco, California

Adjacent to arguably the world’s most recognizable gay ghetto, the Castro, the significantly larger Mission District has a long and fascinating history. It’s named for the oldest extant building in the city, Mission San Francisco de Asis, and has been a center of the city’s Mexican-American population for eons. By the ‘60s it had become a hub of countercultural activists, feminists, and lesbians, and today—although very much gentrified and increasingly expensive—it’s a diverse community known for some of the hippest coffeehouses, indie retail, and creative restaurants in the city.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at Unicorn Booty

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