Gentrification of sorts

Or maybe that’s the wrong word. Regardless, Cynthia Yockey advances a plan for the improvement of city neighborhoods:

Harness the power of lesbian and gay self-reliance and resourcefulness by passing civil rights laws protecting the rights of lesbians and gays to jobs, housing and public accommodations. Want to put a jet pack on that turnaround? Legalize gay marriage.

In addition to enormous self-reliance and resourcefulness, the unique ability of lesbians and gays to go into blighted neighborhoods and turn them around is based on the fact that the majority of us do not have children, so we can buy in neighborhoods that have lousy schools. (Speaking as a former Realtor, the ONE thing that has the most influence on your home value is the reputation of your neighborhood’s schools. Making them excellent pays you BIG dividends.) Once we turn the neighborhood around, the schools follow.

Also, since we are a rainbow minority — people with disabilities and every race, ethnic group and religious group has lesbians and gays — we are more likely than most other minorities, with the exception of people with disabilities (which also is a rainbow minority), to have friends and acquaintances who are very different from us, so we are not afraid to move into neighborhoods where we don’t look like anyone else there.

I live about a mile from Oklahoma City’s unofficial gay nexus, 39th and Pennsylvania, and while I haven’t researched this phenomenon in any depth, it makes a certain amount of sense to me: our previous Neighborhood Association president was a gay man, and it never occurred to me to wonder if his actions on behalf of the neighborhood were entirely mercenary, purely activist, or some combination thereof, since the benefits seemed perfectly obvious.

Ms Yockey promises some background material on this subject, which I’d definitely like to see.

And on a possibly-related subject, my thanks to whoever it was who got the city off the dime and got 39th east of Penn in line for repaving. (It’s now been graded.)


  1. jenx67 »

    6 March 2009 · 8:02 am

    Oh, yes, I noticed this years ago – particularly in the Miller Neighborhood. Casting the net even larger, historic neighborhoods are by and large dominated by liberals. Don’t you agree? My neighborhood is the most liberal House and Senate district in the Legislature. Gays and Lesbians are usuall liberal, so, maybe they are just a subculture present in the larger net of folks attracted to the urban frontier.

    It is interesting – how non-political values of liberals and conservatives differ. I only know ONE person from my conservative congregation of 2,500 people who lives in an historic neighborhood. It happens to be mine, and he is a dem, like me. Weird, huh?

  2. paulsmos »

    6 March 2009 · 5:02 pm

    Great idea….stuff all these alternative types into one neck of the homo-heights. That way you can have a centralized area that can be avoided like the plague or aids if you prefer. Oh and another thing, who the hell would want to send their child to school surrounded by these reprobates?

  3. CGHill »

    6 March 2009 · 5:16 pm

    I dunno. Most of the kiddie-dinkers around my neck of the woods seem embarrassingly straight. Rigid, even.

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