Only in California! Specifically, the town that gave us Ebonics:
[Oakland Councilman Danny Wan] wants to cultivate a gay community in the area known as Eastlake [east of Lake Merritt], by using the business development and marketing powers of the area's nascent Redevelopment Agency to turn a tumble-down neighborhood into an economic and social hot spot...
Oakland is not alone in trying to create gay-focused neighborhoods, though districts in other large cities tend to grow out of community will, as opposed to government proposals... [yes, but that would run counter to the California Way]
"It's really about creating safe places where individuals can flourish and feel welcomed," [National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce co-founder Justin Nelson]said.
Yes, but will it be Feng Shuied?
But, seriously, I like Oakland. Every time I'm in the Bay Area I try to stop at Lake Merritt. Shouldn't things like this occur naturally rather than, as the article says, by government fiat? Will the City of Oakland be using eminent domain against straight businesses, or businesses which are judged to be not gay-friendly enough? Will there be a smashing of windows of straight businesses? Forced conversions perhaps? The mind reels and the legislators drool.
California · Fri, 03/26/2004 - 12:18 · Importance: 1