As a an eager young politico, I followed West Hollywood’s recent city council election last month with great interest. However, as my previous post may have suggested, I was a little turned off by some of the rhetoric coming from the opposing candidates. I thought the rhetoric implied that the LGBT community in West Hollywood was a monolithic group all moving the same direction with the same tastes and preferences.
As it so happened, my final report in a physical planning class I am taking at UCLA offered me an opportunity to explore a question I have had since moving to West Hollywood in August of 2010. I could sit and argue that there is another group, another community in West Hollywood that was being ignored in this grandiose messaging but I could not prove it. My final report for my class was on precisely that. I sought out to prove that there are, in fact, two distinct communities within West Hollywood as evidenced by the physical environment.
I have pasted a clip from my introduction below. Please feel free to download my report (15mb). Critiques and counter-arguments are welcomed.