Last week we asked Borderstan readers, “Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC”,¬†and for the third consecutive year Logan Circle was the winner. Once again, it was not even close, with 38% saying Logan Circle, followed by Dupont Circle with 13% and 9% for U Street and 9% for Shaw.
Actually, the choice of “Everywhere and Nowhere” finished second with 18% of survey respondents ‚ÄĒ probably one more sign that¬†members of the LGBT community are spreading out further across the city.
“This is such a 1970s question” got 7% of the votes¬†‚ÄĒ you have to figure there is a tie-in to the “Everywhere and Nowhere” attitude of an increasing number of both DC’s gay and non-gay community.¬†Interestingly, the number of readers who those two options this year (26%) was down from 39% in the 2011 reader poll.
Big Jump for Shaw
The noticeable jumps were for Logan Circle and Shaw, especially Shaw. Logan Circle went from 34% last year to 38% in 2011 (back to the 2010 number) while the percentage of readers who picked Shaw more than doubled from 4% in 2011 to 9% this year (it was just 2% in 2010).
Dupont Circle Remains Steady
Dupont Circle, once the center of DC’s LGBT community, has gotten almost exactly the same results in the last three years¬†‚ÄĒ 13% in 2012, 12% in 2011 and 14% in 2010.
Note:¬†Columbia Heights was a new option in the 2012 reader poll on DC’s gay neighborhood and 3% of survey respondents picked it. One might ask, though, “Where is the dividing line these days between Columbia Heights and the 14th and U corridor? Is it still Florida Avenue NW?”
Here’s how Borderstan voters responded, with results for 2011 and 2010 thrown in for comparison.
|Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood?|
|¬†Everywhere and Nowhere||18%||22%||¬†21%|
|¬†This is such a 1970s question||¬†8%||¬†17%||18%|
|¬†Columbia Heights||3%||Not asked||Not asked|