Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Boystown, synonymous with late-night fun and the country’s first recognized LGBTQ district, is at a cross-roads. As gentrification displaces gay spaces and queer people of color, as wealthy home-owners push out homeless youth, and as strollers grow more common, the neighborhood’s cultural fabric is threatened. What, if anything, is to be done? Can planners protect its culture without “Disneyfying” it?
Like the Castro, La Village, Zona Rosa and other gayborhoods around the world, Boystown grew up around gay peoples’ basic need to socialize when merely existing was cause for arrest - or worse. But along with today's broader social acceptance comes a new kind of invisibility and Boystown is far from an inclusive utopia. On July 26th, meet us at the Belmont Red Line CTA Station to explore Boystown's history, transgender rights, navigating identity, and LGBT politics in 2018. We'll discuss the limits of diversity and how to design neighborhoods that can benefit all of a city's residents. We'll tackle hard-to-answer questions about if and how places like Boystown can be protected and how planning & policy can both help and hurt these places.
DATE: Thu, July 26, 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
LOCATION: Belmont CTA, 938 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
This FREE event is brought to you by APA-IL’s Diversity Committee in partnership with Jane's Walk Chicago. (CM | 1.5)
Vitaliy Vladimirov is an urban planner, queer immigrant, and artist. City Organizer for Jane’s Walk Chicago, his recent projects include gathering oral histories in Uptown, speaking about planning to high schoolers, and organizing walking tours so as to bring planning theory to the public.
Jane’s Walk is an annual, global happening that honors Jane Jacobs’ legacy via citizen-led walking tours.