Skip to comments.S.F.'s Castro district faces an identity crisis (Preserving gay districts?)
Posted on 02/28/2007 10:48:26 PM PST by Lorianne
To walk down San Francisco's Castro Street -- where men casually embrace on sidewalks in the shadow of an enormous rainbow flag -- the neighborhood's status as "gay Mecca" seems obvious.
But up and down the enclave that has been a symbol of gay culture for more than three decades, heterosexuals are moving in. They have come to enjoy some of the same amenities that have attracted the neighborhood's many gay and lesbian residents: charming houses, convenient public transportation, safe streets and nice weather.
The integration of gay and straight is increasingly evident not only in the Castro District but across North America, from Chicago to New York City to Toronto, where urban revitalization is bringing new residents at the same time some gays are settling in other parts of cities or the suburbs -- such as the East Bay.
But some gay and lesbian residents of the Castro are worried that the culture and history of their world-famous neighborhood could be lost in the process, and they have started a campaign to preserve its character. The city, meanwhile, is spending $100,000 on a plan aimed at keeping the area's gay identity intact.
Heterosexuals "are welcome as long as they understand this is our community," said Adam Light, a leader in the Castro Coalition, a group formed eight months ago to address the shifts in the neighborhood in recent years.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Please will some well informed Freeper tell me again, "Why is this news?"
[cue the Busboys-"There Goes The Neighborhood" (slightly adapted)]
"Oh, no, there goes the neighborhood
"The straights are movin' in,
"They'll bring their next of kin..."
Gay Mecca? Do they bow on their knees to San Francisco 5 times a day?
Not everybody, just the submissives.
Flannel diapers, a baby mullet and a car seat in a Suburu?
And they're asking for government support, what a surprise.
Thanks for that tip.
"Culture?? Since when is sodomy culture?"
"One quick swipe in a petri dish can make that quite evident."
It's a joke that grows on you.
I'll go hide now.
Christians. I can't think of a better mission field than this one.
Try replacing "heterosexuals" in that latter paragraph with "blacks," "gays" or "Muslims."
Heterosexuals "are welcome as long as they understand this is our community," ...
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