This story on gentrification in New York could be the same story in London, Berlin, Portland. Any of the Kinky Salon cities. Mission Control started it’s life on a grotty part of Mission Street 15 years ago and we watched as the neighborhood changed until we were finally evicted. Now we’ve taken up residence in a corner of West Oakland where gentrification (including us) is already shifting the community there. But we don’t have many choices about where we can go! The issue here isn’t that nightlife is responsible for gentrification, it’s that nightlife isn’t valued culturally. If cities supported nightlife, rather than burying us in bureaucracy, then we wouldn’t be forced into these corners. Nightlife, particularly nightlife that is not profit oriented, should be supported, nurtured and valued like the rest of the arts. Nightlife brings fun, connection, creativity and social bonding to a community. Without it your city is dead.