Posts Tagged ‘urban life’

The New Gentrifiers

August 17, 2014

The New Gentrifiers

“Look out, gays and lesbians – the straight people are coming for your real estate. In There Goes the Gayborhood, a new book for the Princeton Press, author and University of British Columbia associate professor of sociology Amin Ghaziani explores whether venerable ‘gayborhoods’ like San Francisco’s Castro and New York City’s West Village are disappearing in ‘a new post-gay era.’ As demographics shift, is it a sign of acceptance of a community – or the dilution of it? Is it possible, as the New York Times once so damningly put it, that ‘gay neighborhoods face the prospect of becoming passé’?

— “Are America’s ‘gayborhoods’ dying out?” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

 More:

“The rise and fall of American gayborhoods,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox

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Festival Time Again — and Again and Again ….

July 8, 2010

Festival Time Again -- and Again and Again and Again ....

New York City hopes to bring variety to its hundreds of boringly repetitive street festivals, 321 of them last summer. Half the food permits at these events went to the same 20 vendors.

The first step in revitalising the city’s street fairs is a study by the Center for an Urban Future, New Visions for New York Street Fairs. Report excerpt:

“The street fairs have become, in many people’s view, a movable business, a scam, where the same stands simply relocate but never change.” — David Byrne.

 How are things in your town?

 

Hat tip: Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space.

 

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Times Square

May 2, 2010

Times Square

The car bomb in Times Square was discovered by street vendors Lance Orton and Duane Jackson. Suburban visitors often think of street life as a nuisance, but city dwellers know it can mean safety. Now you do, too.

 

 

The NYC Government sells replica street signs like the one pictured. Mayor Bloomberg paid us nothing to mention that.

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