From Matty Rhoades
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.
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.
Here’s the results for the 2011 and the 2010 polls; the 2010 results are in italics and parenthesis.
- Logan: 34% (38%)
- Everywhere and Nowhere: 22% (21%)
- This is such a 1970’s question: 17% (18%)
- Dupont: 12% (14%)
- U Street: 8% (6%)
- Shaw: 4% (2%)
- Other: 3% (1%)