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