Survey: Most Gayborhoods Have Cheaper, Trashier Annexes
Most gayborhoods have cheaper, trashier annexes in other parts of the city, reports CNNMoney to the amazement of no one. (Except, we guess, some sheltered Midwesterners who assume we all live in restored Edwardian townhouses with Saint Sebastian tapestries and Faberge bidets?) Presumably their business writers have an “LGBT interest” affirmative editorial action policy to comply with, and we will not hold this against them. We do, however, object to their cynical manipulation of DC’s weird inferiority-complex-motivated habit of compulsively drawing up strained analogies to NYC urban geography:
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Many of the U.S.’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods are in some of the country’s most expensive real estate markets. But there are also plenty of more affordable options for same-sex couples, according to real estate website Trulia. Trulia identified zip codes with the heaviest concentrations of gay men and women by examining Census Bureau statistics. It then determined a neighborhood’s affordability by looking at the median price per square foot of homes listed in that particular zip code over the past year…
New York: Most popular neighborhood among same-sex male couples: Chelsea, New York ($1,199 per square foot). Affordable alternative: Jersey City, N.J. ($452 per square foot).
Washington D.C. Most popular neighborhood among same-sex male couples: Logan Circle, Washington D.C. ($525 per square foot). Affordable alternative: Columbia Heights, Washington D.C. ($333 per square foot).
Basically CNN is telling us that Logan Circle is full of trendy bars, overpriced brunch places, and good drugs whereas Columbia Heights is full of shady bodegas and sexy, badly-behaved 20somethings who deserve MTV shows. We take no exception.