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Paradise Lost: How Gay Meccas Are Slowly Disappearing Because Of Rising Rents

West Hollywood is a small city geographically; in total we’re less than 2 square miles in size. But our influence and impact is limitless. For 30 years now, “WeHo”, as it’s been affectionately called since it’s founding, has been a beacon of progressive values and economic innovation for not just the L.A. region but the state, country and planet as a whole.

We’re known primarily as one of the last true gay villages in the country. But slowly that aspect of our identity is beginning to fade away. Just as in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco and Greenwich Village in New York, the crisis of rising rents has begun to eat away at the uniquely diverse community that makes us special, that makes us great.

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