In a widely published 2007 Associated Press story headlined “Gay Villages disappearing,” New York author Don Reuter, researching a book on the rise and fall of a dozen U.S. gay neighbourhoods, rhetorically asks, “What makes these neighbourhoods gay? Not much.”
Reuter predicts that outside large gay meccas like New York and San Francisco, neighbourhoods with a significant gay presence will not survive – including, Reuter contends, gay communities in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Seattle.
“Over the years when it came to gay villages, I mostly heard about the Castro in San Francisco and Greenwich Village in New York, but I understand why tourist guides extol the virtues of Montreal’s gay village and why tourists come here,” says McGill professor Donald W. Hinrichs, author of the just-published book Montreal’s Gay Village: The Story of a Unique Neighbourhood through the Sociological Lens (iUniverse.com).
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