The Number Of Gay Bars And Clubs

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The number of gay bars and clubs increased in number throughout the 1970s. However, as the number of businesses geared towards LGBT individuals increased they also migrated. The area that they settled around in the 1990s is located is called Lakeview East; Lakeview East, West Lake View, and Wrigglyville are the three smaller communities that make up the larger Lakeview neighborhood. More specifically, the businesses were clustered around Clark Street and Halsted Street. In 1997 Chicago’s Mayor, Richard M. Daley, officially recognized the area as a gay neighborhood. This area, now known as Boystown, was the first gay neighborhood in the United States of America to be officially recognized by the government. The same year city planners under the direction of the Mayor’s office devised a plan to create a streetscape that marked North Halsted Street as being a gay neighborhood. This project was in line with similar projects in ethnic neighborhoods. For instance, the metal Puerto Rican flag sculptures in Humbolt Park that were mentioned above were created as part of one of the projects. The design for the streetscape included several pylons along North Halsted Street and, after complaints that the pylons would mark connected areas as being gay, flower planters to mark side-streets. As quoted by Curt Winkle in Planning and LGBTQ Communities: The Need for Inclusive Queer Spaces, the designs from the Chicago Department of Transportation specified that “the columns rise from the…

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