Someone said :
I know that there is no “gay village” in Dublin where LGBT buisinsses cluster together like the Castro in San Francisco or Canal St in Manchester, but there is anecdotal evidence that LGBT people tend to settle in inner city or inner suburban communities in many cities and have a potitive effect in improving them - part of a process called “gentrification” that was first coined by the great urban geographer Jane Jacobs in the 1960s. Stoneybatter in Dublin 7 is suggested by some as one such area.
But now it seems that gay districts are the victims of their own success and that the gentrification process and rising property prices can lead to LGBT denizens being priced out. The same article also suggests that the media image of gay households being more affluent than their straight counterparts is a myth. Thoughts?
Article here: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jan/13/end-of-gaytrificat etc ...
American economist Richard Florida was responsible for the idea that economically flourishing cities are positive spaces for lgbt people - we're creative and talented, goes the theory, and where we settle the economy lifts off.
His theory was taken up with great, maybe even excessive, enthusiasm by the now-defunct GLEN. But even Florida accepts his notions weren't correct