Does your city have a Gay Street.....or gay village?

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    Sep 09, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    Atlanta has a "gay corner", which is Piedmont Ave @ 10th St. Otherwise we have no concentration of gay entertainment busines. Our venues are spread around the city center.....and thus NOT walkable.

    Montreal has The Gay Village. Vancouver has Davie Street. NYC has several gay cluster-fun sites. San Francisco has Polk Street and The Castro.

    What about your town? Or your favorite ones away from home?
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    Sep 09, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    ORLANDO has a Gay Street in the next-door toney suburb of Winter Park.
  • chomp

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    Sep 09, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    I live in Paris... compared to Toronto (where I'm from, which by the way has a gay village), this whole city feels gay icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 09, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    coming to atlanta this weekend. any recommendations? we have the gaybourhood here in houston. quite a few bars/clubs within walking distance.
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    Sep 09, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    West Hollywood
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    Sep 09, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, there are a couple of blocks downtown that people drive around and around cruising. It's called the Fruit Loop. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 09, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    Weho and some pockets of silverlake.
  • patmos9990

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    Sep 09, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    Cedar Springs in Dallas, 39th Street and Penn in Oklahoma City
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    My highschool was on gay street. lulz.
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    Atlanta totally has a gay village! Its called midtown. Yeah its a little spread out and intermingled with straight places, but I think it counts.

    Yeah Piedmont and 10th is the gayest, but just around the corner is Joe's. And maybe venues aren't all right there but it definitely is a huge concentration of gays in that area. Believe me, I just moved walking distance to Blakes. Its definitely a gay area
  • sbwlguy

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    Sep 09, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Yes, two 'villages', actually. Soho and Vauxhall. I rarely frequent both.
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    Can a city be properly deemed a city if
    it hasn't a Gay Street or Vaseline Lane?
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    I wish I know where! I heard there are streets but am not an out person and am afraid to ask tab3an
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Denver has a very well established "gayborhood" generally around Capitol Hill, but it's nice because it welcomes all types of people and it isn't as homogenous as other "gayborhoods" in other cities. I would say though that 17th Ave, about two neighborhoods up, is our gay street for the number of gay bars and restaurants there.
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    Boys Town, most of Wriggleyville and a lot of Andersonville.
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    Denver does not have a Gay Street, but an outlying town called Evergreen near Denver has a Gay Lane.

    http://www.goo.gl/aQ49R

    Hope that helps.
  • ScottinTX

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    Sep 09, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    Here in San Antonio there is a Gay Street. Second Baptist Church is on it, and they raised a stink a few years ago trying to get the City Council to change the name...to Baptist Way. It didn't happen.

    http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/san-antonio-baptist-church-says-gay.html
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 09, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    Wichita, being a mid sized city, really has no "gay area or street" per se. There are areas where gays gravitate toward, like "College Hill", but thats as close as it gets.
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    hairymusclejock saidcoming to atlanta this weekend. any recommendations? we have the gaybourhood here in houston. quite a few bars/clubs within walking distance.


    It's the Montrose area, and the gayest street IMO is Pacific St.
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    Here in the middle of nowhere, our house is about as gay as it gets. There's actually quite a few gay couples here in town, but we're scattered all over the city.

    St. Louis has several areas that are or were known for the concentration of gay people. The original gayborhood was Soulard next to downtown (where Anheuser-Busch is located), where the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country takes place. Next door, Lafayette Square has a nice concentration of gay-renovated Victorian mansions that were gay-renovated and bought up by straight people. The Central West End, which housed dignitaries during the 1904 World's Fair, is a beautiful neighborhood which was gay-restored during the '70s and '80s, and is now owned by straight people. Currently, quite a few couples live along Grand South Grand south of Tower Grove Park, which is where PRIDE is held each year, but that neighboorhood never really went through the decline like the formerly-affluent neighboorhoods did. GSG is more of an internationally flavored area than anything anymore. Within the last few years, a new strip of bars has concentrated along Manchester Street in between the Central West End and South City neighborhoods that looks to be the new gay enclave in St. Louis.

    With the advent of household internet, I don't think there's really as much of a demand for gayborhoods like there used to be when people had to leave their front door in order to talk to people.

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    Sep 09, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    My city got 1 gay restaurant .... and not really made for gays ... just known that lots of gays go there .. bah !
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Stockholm has gay venues, but they aren't concentrated in any particular area. I like gay villages.
  • paduk

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    Sep 09, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    London has Soho and Vauxhall; Shoreditch, Clapham and Angel are also very gay with a few gay venues.
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    The area of Silicon Valley / San Jose where we live is definitely a 'gayborhood'. 'The Alameda' is a fine old boulevard of terrific houses, (we found a 1929 Spanish house and just finished painting the whole exterior ourselves - plus we do all our own gardening). There are a whole lot of gay owned businesses here within walking distance. This is a great old tree lined street neighborhood. There is a multi-acre rose garden in the center of our neighborhood with thousands or roses. We love it here. There are many gay couples and singles right here. It is a pleasure seeing them moving in and taking great care of the old houses. Next door we have two gay engineers in their 30's. Across the street are two lesbians about the same age. Down the street are three gay guys. Around the corner are two more. We got invited to a good sized backyard cocktail party and there we met even more cool 'family members' (and even a few straights who are gay friendly). Actually the remaining straights in this area love us because we keep the old houses in such fine condition. What better advertisement for gay rights than to make mainstream people love us?

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    Sep 09, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    San Diego has Hillcrest