MOST OF THE UK’S GAY VIL­LAGES HAVE STARTED FOL­LOW­ING THE SAME PAT­TERN

Pride Life Magazine - - FEATURE -

1. Gays find run-down area in city with cheap hous­ing that “has po­ten­tial”.

2. Gays move in and get to work with the Far­row & Ball.

3. Gay venues and busi­nesses move in to cater to this new clien­tele. The first Gag­gia cof­fee ma­chine is spot­ted in what was pre­vi­ously a greasy spoon café.

4. House prices start to rise, de­vel­op­ers move in and ware­houses that once saw sacks of grain stacked up now see ho­mo­sex­u­als and sacks of or­ganic cous­cous stacked up.

5. Area de­vel­ops ma­jor night­time econ­omy and has more club­bing op­tions than strictly nec­es­sary.

6. Straight peo­ple re­alise that the area has be­come trendy and start hang­ing out here too, feel­ing ter­ri­bly avant garde and edgy.

7. Gay peo­ple sell up, pocket profit and move on to next run-down area.

8. “Gay vil­lage” is sud­denly just “another nice part of town”.

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