The San Francisco Chronicle’s article discussed the renewal of Pop-Up Gay Bar, and brings some interesting quotes that definitely reflect on the Castro:
Amid the fun, a question arises: Are “gayborhoods” like the Castro a dying model for community?
“I miss the power of the ghetto,” Robert Ortega, a 30-year Castro resident, says of what he sees as the end of an era brought on by rising housing costs and the loss of gay businesses.
“The Castro has no buzz anymore,” Fraydo Felipe says. “It’s all nail salons and tourist attractions. I don’t want to spend my disposable income there,” which is what led him to discover Pop-Up’s website.
Read full article at SFgate.