The rainbow crosswalk

Yes, they’re everywhere. But this one is on Halsted St. in the Boystown / Northalsted neighborhood of Chicago, an old established gay village, and it’s painted in muted colors on worn bricks. Not flashy, but solid.

An image posted by Uri Horesh on Facebook yesterday, when he made it his new cover photo

This is today’s Mary, Queen of Scots, Not Dead Yet posting. Not dead, and in many ways in great good health, but severely afflicted by painful osteoarthritism that makes it hard for me to walk and my left hand almost useless.

About Boystown / NHalsted. From the Chicago Pride site, “Northalsted, Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood”:

The first officially recognized gay village in the United States, Boystown Chicago is the commonly accepted nickname for the eclectic East Lakeview neighborhood known as Northalsted that is home to Chicago’s visible and active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Northalsted is situated just southeast of Wrigleyville in Lakeview [AZ: pretty far north along Lake Michigan]. The area is bordered by Broadway Ave. on the east and Halsted St. on the west, Grace St. to the north and Belmont Ave. to the south.

Then there’s the name. The more respectable name is recent, from 2021; see the story from the ABC7 (Chicago) Eyewitness News site, “Chicago ‘Boystown’ neighborhood renamed Northalsted to promote inclusion”, by Jason Knowles on 6/9/21 — which attracted a fair number of negative comments from people who enjoyed the quirky and playful old name.


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