Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Santa Ana needs more gay people.
There, I said it.

Having grown up in San Diego, I've seen first hand how the (GLBT) community can refine once rough urban areas like Hillcrest and further expand its positive gentrification into surrounding neighborhoods such as Normal Heights and North Park into desirable pocket destinations.

Don't take my word for it–here's an exerpt on Gay Villages from Wikipedia (yeah I know, Wikipedia isn't de facto, but I strongly agree with what is written).

These neighborhoods are also often found in working-class parts of the city, or in the neglected fringe of a downtown area – communities which may have been upscale historically but became economically depressed and socially disorganized. In these cases, the establishment of a gay community may eventually turn these areas into desirable, upscale neighborhoods, a process known as gentrification – a phenomenon in which gays often play a pioneer role.

That first sentence in the above quote sure sounds like both the Lacy and French Park (are you listening Santa Ana/Related California) neighborhoods, wouldn't you say?

So...who's with me on giving the water tower a fresh coat of rainbow paint this weekend?

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

I am!

junior said...

The gay neighbors have the nicest home front and yard in our cul-de-sac street.

Slaymetender said...

I totally agree. Perhaps a recruitment drive?

PaulCookGiles said...

I'm half of a gay family in French Park, and --speaking only for ourselves-- we'd love to see more gay people in SA and the downtown core. Maybe we should have a recruiting booth at OC Pride this summer! August 14th, noon-10pm. www.prideoc.com

Andy said...

Stereo Type Much?

Ben Dayhoe said...

@Paul - I'm down. Slaymetender, you want in on this? :)

@Andy - Actually I do stereotype much - it's faster.

Slaymetender said...

Sure, I'm in. We probably should have a realtor with us too though.

Gustavo Arellano said...

SanTana already has quite a few gays--what other city in Orange County has TWO gay publications? Of course, it's in Spanish...do they count as part of your recruitment?

junior said...

Ben - I think that your request is being responded to:


Theater Out - Santa Ana's Artist Village
http://www.theatreout.com/Home.html

http://sparkoc.blogspot.com/2010/05/ocs-gay-theatre-tackles-renaissance.html

Mitch in FP/WFP said...

I'm happy to say that my household is 100% gay and we live in the Floral Park/West Floral Park area. Both of these neighborhoods are very gay friendly.

Anonymous said...

More gay less criminals. Sounds good to me and I am not gay.

mitch young said...

Be ready for more health costs -- in major metropolitan areas, an average of 20% of gay males are infected with the HIV virus.

http://www.dailyhealthreport.org/20-percent-hiv-positive-rate-in-gay-men/454/

Anonymous said...

GET OUT OF HERE WITH ALL THAT GAY NONSENSE SANTA ANA DONT NEED GAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PLACE, SANTA ANA IS ALREADY A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, SA TEACHS GREAT LIFE SKILLS. YOU GUYS ACT LIKE IF SANTA ANA IS A THIRD WORLD SLUM, BUT REMEBER ITS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IDIOTS. I AM A VERY SUCCESSFUL MAN WHO OWNS MULTIPLE BUSSINESS IN SO-CAL. AND I HAVE TO SAY THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF SANTA ANA COULDINT GET ANY BETTER. THEY TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO BUILD/GAIN COURAGE, RESPECT,PERSONALITY, THEY ALSO TEACH SOMEONE HOW TO STAY CHEERFUL, MOTIVATED, AND DETERMINED I GREW UP AND LIVED IN THE WILLARD,LACY, LOGAN,EASTSIDE NEIGHBORHOODS. SURE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT RAISE THIER VOICE AT YOU WHEN YOU TALK TO YOU BUT THAT DONT MAKE THEM BAD PEOPLE IT MAKES YOU A PUSSY GROW SOME BALLS USE YOUR AUTHORITARIAN SKILLS AND MAKE THEM TALK TO YOU WITH RESPECT OR ELSE NO ONE WILL EVER TAKE YOU SERIOUS IN LIFE AND WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT YOU AS A LAME. YOU GUYS ACT LIKE EVERYONE HERE ARE BAD PEOPLE.
FUCKIN FAGGETS, GOD HATES YOU GUYS. CORRUPTING ALL THE KIDS MINDS


I LOVE EVERY TYPE OF HUMANBEINGS BECAUSE GOD MADE WHITES, BLACKS, BROWNS, INDIANS, ASIANS, IRAQIES, ISRALIES.

BUT REMEBER THIS, GOD DID NOT MAKE FAGGETS YOU GUYS BETRAYED HIM AND FOR THAT YOU GUYS WILL BURN IN HELL.

REPLY/DEBATE ME IF YOU THINK YOUR SO BRAVE.

Ben Dayhoe said...

You're right about one thing Anonymous hating successful businessman: Santa Ana is a great place to live.

As for everything else you so elegantly wrote, please don't pass your own hatred off as God's -- He really hates people who do that.

Eric O'Brien said...

I like how the successful, yet bigoted and overtly hypocritical businessman opted for anonymity. Your gay souls are doomed to eternal damnation, but he'll gladly accept your earthly dollars to pay for his internet bill, that he uses to pass on vitriolic judgement. Should've posted with his businesses' urls, so he doesn't accidentally end up with your tainted money...or he could just move to Kansas and be neighbors with Fred Phelps.