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DC’s Gay Neighborhood? Readers Pick Logan Circle Again


Last week we asked Borderstan readers, “Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC,” and for the fourth consecutive year Logan Circle was the winner. Once again, it was not even close, with 42% saying Logan Circle, followed by Dupont Circle with 9% and 7% for Shaw. U Street fell from 9% last year to 4% this year.

Logan Circle, General John A. Logan

Logan Circle wins again.

While Dupont Circle was once considered DC’s official gay neighborhood, the percentage of readers declined from 13% last year.

The choice of “Everywhere and Nowhere” actually finished second again this year with 22% of survey respondents. ”This is such a 1970s question” got 8% of the votes — 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.

The number of readers selecting Other jumped to 6% this year. A variety of neighborhoods were listed, with Capitol Hill being the most popular write-in choice.

The number of readers who chose those two options this year, 30%, was up from 26% in 2012.
Dupont Circle, once the center of DC’s LGBT community, has gotten almost exactly the same results in the last three years — 13% in 2012, 12% in 2011 and 14% in 2010.

Here’s how Borderstan voters responded, with results for earlier years shown for comparison.

 
Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood?
 Neighborhood 2013
Reader Poll
2012
Reader Poll
2011
Reader Poll
2010
Reader Poll
Logan Circle 42% 38% 34% 38%
Everywhere and Nowhere 22% 18% 22%  21%
Dupont Circle 9% 13% 12% 14%
Shaw 7%  9%  4%  2%
U Street 4%  9%  8% 6%
This is such a 1970s question 8%  8%  17% 18%
Columbia Heights 2% 3% Not asked Not asked
Other  6%  2%   3% 1%


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Reader Poll: Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood?


For the past three years, in anticipation of Capital Pride, we’ve asked readers, “Where’s DC’s Gay Neighborhood?” The Dupont-Logan area is the center of LGBT pride events each year, including the parade, which runs from Dupont Circle, down 17th Street and then over to 14th Street NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood. (See this year’s slightly different parade route.)

Click here to take survey: Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood in 2013? We will share the results with you next week.

We ask the question each year because DC’s gay population has been shifting eastward and northward from the one-time center around Dupont Circle.In the 1980s it began shifting to 17th Street, on the eastern end of Dupont — after being centered along Connecticut Avenue and P Street NW west of Dupont Circle.

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In the 1980s DC’s gay neighborhood began shifting eastward to 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

As we have asked in previous years, “Does DC still have a single gay neighborhood?” Is the LGBT population spreading out across the city at a slow but steady pace?

In the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Borderstan reader polls, the top choice of readers was Logan Circle. Last year 38% in 2012 said Logan Circle was the city’s primary gay neighborhood, with “Everywhere and Nowhere” in second place, and Dupont Circle in third place — with Shaw making big gains each year. (Results of previous reader polls are below.)

Today 17th Street is still generally recognized as DC’s “gay Main Street” — and only a few blocks from the Logan Circle neighborhood. But, overall, is the Logan Circle area the new Dupont Circle when it comes to all things gay?

Here’s how Borderstan voters responded the past three years.

 
Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood?
Neighborhood 2012
Reader Poll
2011
Reader Poll
2010
Reader Poll
Logan Circle 38% 34% 38%
Everywhere and Nowhere 18% 22% 21%
Dupont Circle 13% 12% 14%
Shaw 9% 4% 2%
U Street 9% 8% 6%
This is such a 1970s question 8% 17% 18%
Columbia Heights 3% Not asked Not asked
Other 2%  3% 1%

 

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Borderstan’s Most Popular News Stories of 2012


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No. 3 on the list: The June 7 fire at 14th and P Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the News section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

Top 10 News Stories of 2012 on Bordertan

These News stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com.

  1. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. Why Do Ginkgo Tree Berries Smell Like Dog Poo? (Borderstan)
  3. Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW (Luis Gomez)
  4. Meridian Hill Park Getting a Face Lift (Luis Gomez)
  5. New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U (Matty Rhoades)
  6. Central Union Mission Moves Out, Condos Moving In (Rachel Nania)
  7. Take a Walk: City Dogs Rescue Has New Volunteer Opportunities (Matty Rhoades and Luis Gomez)
  8. Poll: Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC? (Borderstan)
  9. Reviving the Dream: Moving Forward on 17th Street (Guest Column)
  10. Car Going in Wrong Direction on 15th Hits Parked Car, Flips (Borderstan)

 

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Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood in 2012? The Winner is…


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Where is DC's gay neighborhood? The Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods combined got 60% of the votes.

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 — 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 — 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 — 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?
 Neighborhood 2012
Reader Poll
2011
Reader Poll
2010
Reader Poll
 Logan Circle 38% 34% 38%
 Everywhere and Nowhere 18% 22%  21%
 Dupont Circle 13% 12% 14%
Shaw  9%  4%  2%
 U Street  9%  8% 6%
 This is such a 1970s question  8%  17% 18%
 Columbia Heights 3% Not asked Not asked
Other  2%   3% 1%


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Poll: Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC?


For the past two years, in anticipation of Capital Pride, we’ve asked readers, “Where’s DC’s Gay Neighborhood?” The Dupont-Logan area is the center of LGBT pride events each year, including the parade, which runs from Dupont Circle around to Thomas Circle NW.

Click here to take survey: Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood in 2012? We will share the results with you next week.

We ask the question because DC’s gay population has been shifting eastward and northward from the one-time center around Dupont Circle. In fact, in the 1980s it began shifting to 17th Street, on the eastern end of Dupont — after being centered along Connecticut Avenue and P Street NW west of Dupont Circle.

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In the 1980s DC's gay neighborhood began shifting eastward to 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

One might ask, “Does DC still have a single gay neighborhood?” Is the LGBT population spreading out across the city at a slow but steady pace?

In the 2010 and 2011 Borderstan reader polls, the top choice of readers was Logan Circle: 34% in 2011 said Logan Circle was not the city’s primary gay neighborhood, with 12% naming Dupont Circle and 8% checking U Street on the poll. In 2010, 38% of readers said Logan Circle and 14% said Dupont Circle while 6% said the U Street area.

Interestingly, in 2011, 22% said the DC gay neighborhood was “Everywhere and Nowhere” and 17% checked “This is such a 1970′s question.” The number of people who picked these options in the 2010 poll were about the same.

Today 17th Street is still pretty much recognized as D.C.’s “gay Main Street” — only a few blocks from the Logan Circle neighborhood. But, overall, is the Logan Circle area the new Dupont Circle when it comes to all things gay? Is 17th Street NW still the city’s gay Main Street?

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Readers Pick Logan as D.C.’s Gay Neighborhood


Logan Circle, General John A. Logan, DC's gay neighborhood

What would General Logan have thought? The Logan Circle neighborhood was named as the center of the gay community in D.C. by 34% of voters in the Borderstan.com poll.

From Matty Rhoades

For the second year in a row we asked Borderstan.com readers, Where’s the D.C. gay neighborhood in 2011? Again, a plurality of poll-takers said, Logan Circle.

However, fewer said Logan Circle this year than last. But, fewer said Dupont, too — which was long recognized as the center of gay life in D.C. until the last decade.

About 34% said that Logan Circle as the center of gay life in D.C., compared to 38% last year. But, the percentage who said the center is Dupont Circle dropped from 14% in 2010 to 12% in 2011.

If you combine the Dupont, Logan and U Street responses, you get 54% of voters in the poll, compared to 58% last year.

U Street and Shaw?

This year more voters responded that either the U Street area or Shaw was the city’s gayest neighborhood. The percentage who said either U Street (8%) or Shaw (4%) climbed to 12% from 8% last year.

So 1970′s

Just like last year, four in 10 respondents said that the D.C.’s gay neighborhood was either Everywhere and Nowhere or This is such a 1970′s question. This year 22% said Nowhere and Everywhere and 17% said it was a 1970′s-style question. We’re inclined to lump these two responses together because we’re guessing that these choices reflect a belief among many people, straight and gay, that the city is, overall, a relatively easy place for gay people to live.

Poll Results

Here’s the results for the 2011 and the 2010 polls; the 2010 results are in italics and parenthesis.

  1. Logan: 34% (38%)
  2. Everywhere and Nowhere: 22% (21%)
  3. This is such a 1970′s question: 17% (18%)
  4. Dupont: 12% (14%)
  5. U Street: 8% (6%)
  6. Shaw: 4% (2%)
  7. Other: 3% (1%)

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Poll: Where’s the D.C. Gay Neighborhood in 2011?


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Where’s the gay neighborhood in our city? Is it an increasingly outdated concept for D.C?

The Dupont-Logan area is the center of LGBT pride events each year, including the parade, which runs from Dupont Circle around to Thomas Circle NW.

The historically gay neighborhood in D.C. was, for decades, Dupont Circle. But the recognized center of the neighborhood within Dupont shifted over the years. Decades ago it was Connecticut Avenue and P Street west of the Circle. In the 1980s it began shifting to 17th Street, on the eastern end of Dupont.

Today 17th Street is still pretty much recognized as D.C.’s “gay Main Street” — only a few blocks from the Logan Circle neighborhood.

Is the Logan Circle area the new Dupont Circle when it comes to all things gay? Is 17th Street NW still the city’s gay Main Street? The gay neighborhood certainly seems to move a little farther east each year—and south and north as well.

Or, one might ask, “Does D.C. still have a single gay neighborhood?” Or even, “Does the D.C. gay community need one?”

Two of our 13 city council members are openly gay, we are one of the first “states” in the country to have same-sex marriage and members of the LGBT community increasingly move to all parts of the city.

What do you think?

We ran the same poll last year during Pride week and after voting closes for this year’s poll, we’ll compare the results. Here’s our 2011 poll.

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Reader Polls: Gay Hoods, Home Buyers, Where You Live


We like reader polls here at Borderstan. While unscientifc, they are fun and provide at least some insight into what our readers are thinking and doing.

Check out this week’s reader poll in the right navigation bar: “Where do you work?”  This being DC, there are 11 choices and when you see all of them, you will understand why there are so many.

The results of three polls last week provide some interesting insights about (1) when readers who are homeowners purchased their house or condo, (2) where DC’s gay neighborhood(s) is located and (3) where readers say they live.

When Did You Buy?

On Tuesday we asked readers who own their homes to tell us when they purchased them. The results were overwhelmingly tilted toward the past four years—61% of respondents said they had bought some time in the past four years.

  • Before 1981: 0%
  • 1981 to 1990: 3%
  • 1991 to 2000: 22%
  • 2001 to 2005: 14%
  • 2006 to 2008: 36%
  • 2009 to 2010: 25%

Where is the Gay Neighborhood?

On Friday, in anticipation of Gay Pride weekend, we asked readers, “Where’s the DC gay neighborhood in 2010?” Probably the most telling information is that a total of 39% of respondents answered either “Everywhere and Nowhere” (21%) or “This is such a 1970s question” (18%). What does this say about DC? Is it now so easy to be gay and live in DC that the need for a defined gay neighborhood is not a priority for many in the GLBT community? One thing is clear: Borderstan readers do not think the city’s neighborhood in 2010 is Dupont. If DC has a gay neighborhood, the winner is Logan, according to readers. Here is how respondents answered:

  • Logan: 38%
  • Dupont: 14%
  • U Street: 6%
  • Shaw: 2%
  • Nowhere and Everywhere: 21%
  • Such a 1970s question: 18%

Where Do Readers Live?

Our Borderstan Poll of the Week on the landing page was, “Where do you live?” No real surprises in the results with Logan, U Street and Dupont nabbing the top three spots, respectively, and totaling 67% of all respondents. However, we are pleasantly surprised to see the 11% who say they live in Shaw and the 7% who are in Adams Morgan (welcome, readers).

  • Logan: 28%
  • U Street: 24%
  • Dupont: 15%
  • Shaw: 11%
  • Adams Morgan: 7%
  • Other: 15%

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