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Is Gentrification Reason Behind Attack of Two Interpreters in Gay Bashing
Washington DC - 12:30 AM officers responded to the 2000 block of 10th St., N.W. on April 15, 2018. This was in response to an aggravated assault. There are two adult males that were attacked by three suspects. "during the assault, the suspects yelled homophobic slurs" the police statement says. U St NW is predominantly black neighborhood where Howard University is based in and this neighborhood has always been a predominately black neighborhood.
Small Dot is DuPont Circle. Circle is U St. NW area where the attack occured.
Washington D.C. has been going through gentrification and because the area (DuPont Circle and Logan Circle) where the gay community has always been located has gone through gentrification, their bars have been pushed to the U street area. Since U St. NW is being gentrified as well, many black people are angry about being pushed out of their neighborhood so it does not shock Ricky Taylor that gay bashings happened because they felt threatened by gentrification. DuPont Circle used to have rougly 15 gay bars but currently only have four while U St. NW had none and now have about four or five. This occured when DuPont gentrification increased cost of lease and rentals in the area which caused those bars to shut down or relocate.
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