Analysis: Price of Living

According to the table referring to same-sex couples provided by the United States census of Bureau, it displays that  there are more same-sex couples to have a higher income than opposite-sex couples. For incomes that  are $35,000 or less, 15.1% of married opposite-sex couples and 27.5% of unmarried opposite-sex couples earn that much while 14.6% of same-sex couples are in that range. When looking at the opposite side of the spectrum, 37.6% of married heterosexuals and 20.3% unmarried heterosexuals earn $100,000 or more while 43.2% of homosexuals earn that much. Of all the homosexual couples, 83.6% are white making them the majority of the gay population. Due to most of their financial status, many would prefer to live in a well conditioned and expensive area which would be midtown. According to Zillow’s home value index, the “median home value in Midtown is $241,100″ which “have gone up 7.9% over the past year” (Zillow overview). In contrast, the “median home value in Downtown Atlanta is $172,300″ which “have gone up 7.9% over the past year” (Zillow...

Analysis: Restaurants

The choices of restaurants in downtown are pretty vague compared to midtown. I’m not referring to chain restaurants, but strictly streets with multiple restaurants on almost each block. Downtown Atlanta has two streets with multiple restaurants in each block: Broad Street and Peachtree Street. Example of restaurants in those areas (not including chain restaurants) are Alma Cocina on 191 Peachtree St NE and Naanstop on 64 Broad St NW. In contrast, midtown have multiple restaurants located in Atlantic Station, Lenox Mall, Tech Square, Ponce de Leon, and 10th Street. But mere numbers of restaurants would not conclude why gay couples appear more prevalent in midtown than downtown. The cosmetics of the infrastructures also plays a part. The way the buildings look in Tech Square or Atlantic Station have a more modern neat appearance than the buildings in downtown. For example, the beige colored bricks that the restaurants are made up of on Broad Street are tainted with multiple black streaks while Tech Square’s brown colored bricks on their restaurants almost remains true to it’s color. The difference between the look of the buildings displays a difference in class of the people who are residing in that...

Analysis: Malls and Other Shopping Centers

One of the many stereotypes of gay individuals is that they are very passionate shoppers. So for that reason, one would conclude that the fact that midtown provides various places to shop, enables gay couples to stay around midtown. That’s not the reason why I think gay couples are more visually apparent in midtown. Large scale shopping centers like Lenox Mall on 3393 Peachtree Rd., or Atlantic Station on 1380 Atlantic Dr NW have mixtures of stores that are for couples with a stable income that can afford extra goods. Compared to downtown where Peachtree Center Mall on 231 Peachtree St NE is their largest shopping area. Unfortunately, this mall is not an acceptable place to shop but centers more around resturants that is placed underneath the mall. Homosexual partner’s “median household income is significantly higher ($94,000) than among heterosexual couples ($86,000)” ( Kurtzleben par. 3). One factor for this is due to the higher education level gay couples posses. Another reason is that very few gay couples have children in their household which allows them to use the extra expenses on themselves. Those extra expenses would go towards the shopping malls. Also, living by an area that have shopping malls is more convinient than driving or walking from downtown t...

Gay Bars

One thing many people notice in midtown are the amount of gay bars. There’s the Blake’s On The Park on 227 10th St NE, Joe’s On Juniper on 1049 Juniper St, The Atlanta Eagle on 306 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Bulldog’s on 893 Peachtree St NE, My Sister’s Room on 66th 12th St NE. The bar named My Sister’s Room is a slightly different gay bar from the rest of the selection because it centers around lesbians. All the bars are located in the center of midtown and are pretty close to each other around a 2 block radius except one bar; The Atlanta Eagle. This bar happened to be located at the south region of midtown further away from the close proximity of the other bars which makes it a longer walking distance. The bar that stays the latest was Bulldog’s which is at 4 am. So it is probably a convenient spot for many gay couples and singles to still linger around late when all the other bars are closed. Map of gay bars in midtown  ...

Introduction: Gay Population-Midtown vs. Downtown

There are many variety of topics that correlate between the built environment and the isms that can be found in the city of Atlanta alone. Places like the Marta station, or Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta can be analyzed to find it’s hidden purpose rather than it being only a transportation and attraction site. The area I delved into were the differences between midtown and downtown Atlanta. The obvious speculation one can make about those two zones is the fact that the Caucasian population is more prevalent in midtown than downtown. One could also conclude that the cosmetics of the exteriors in midtown appear more groomed than downtown. But through further investigation I believe that the location of particular infrastructures or events and the financial requirements to reside in Atlanta are some factors that displays the difference between midtown and downtown. Those factors make white gay couples more visually apparent in midtown than downtown Here are the reasons why: Abundant amount of gay bars More large scale shopping locations More variety of restaurants Cosmetic of homes are more appealing and more...
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