San Francisco's Castro district: from gay liberation to tourist destination

  title={San Francisco's Castro district: from gay liberation to tourist destination},
  author={Nan Alamilla Boyd},
  journal={Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change},
  pages={237 - 248}
  • N. A. Boyd
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
In the early 1970s, San Francisco's Castro district transformed from an economically depressed Irish-Catholic neighbourhood into a politicized gay neighbourhood. The history of this transformation overlaps significantly with the production of a gay-spending zone in the same district. A behind-the-scenes organization, the Golden Gate Business Association, played an important role in this transformation. Founded in 1974, this organization sought to create a gay business community that had the… 
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