Wel­come to the Gay­bor­hood

Hello Mr. Magazine - - WELCOME TO THE GAYBORHOOD - text by Tim Forster il­lus­tra­tions by Tim Parker

Liv­abil­ity rank­ings: they’re help­ful for pro­vok­ing once an­nual in­ter-ur­ban ri­val­ries and dick-mea­sur­ing con­tests, but they can be a lit­tle ar­bi­trary. If you ask The Econ­o­mist, “most live­able” tends to mean “a nice place for sta­ble and slightly dull semi-sub­ur­ban­ites with a car and two kids.” Props to Mon­o­cle for in­cor­po­rat­ing cul­ture and fun into the con­cept, but liv­abil­ity of­ten doesn’t ap­ply well to hip in­ner city dwellers who don’t mind the oc­ca­sional gun­shot be­cause it keeps bratty rich kids and dou­ble-wide tod­dler mo­biles out of the neigh­bor­hood. So just hy­po­thet­i­cally be­tween us gays, here’s a pro­posed set of cri­te­ria for liv­abil­ity rank­ings that should ap­ply a lit­tle more to our de­mo­graphic.

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