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Clamorous Development and Queer Space

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Title: Clamorous Development and Queer Space
Author(s): Blair, Zachary
Abstract: My research explores the politics, economy, history, and social geography of the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. I look specifically at conflicts over issues of race, gender, sexuality, and space in the neighborhood, and how these conflicts are situated within the context of development. The submitted photograph was taken using a 10.1 megapixel Canon Power-Shot digital camera. In the foreground, is one of the rainbow pylons (often criticized for its phallic symbolism) erected in 1998 as part of a city-funded North Halsted Streetscape Project to mark the gay neighborhood of Boystown. In the background is a condominium building built almost a decade later, the residents of which sparked neighborhood controversy after fighting to subdue the noise emitted from the gay night club which it was built adjacent to. The photograph captures the material and symbolic structures that both define the neighborhood and represent the shifting political, economic, and historical currents that embody Boystown.
Issue Date: 2011
Type: Image
Description: Entry 2011 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library, April 13-May 30, 2011.
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-01-03

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