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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎08-27-2012

Dear Redfin, Why are you afraid of the gays?

Any Chicagoan who knows what a gay is also knows there is a neighborhood called Boystown. But Redfin euphemizes the neighborhood as "North Halsted". Why? That's certainly a street and a business group's name, but no resident regularly refers to that neighborhood as "North Halsted". 


Your map doesn't align with Google Maps' neighborhood boundaries, so you've done some labeling yourselves. Google's labels are pretty accurate, actually, including for Buena Park (omitted in your map). 


Your Boytown-turns-into-mythical-North-Halsted-euphemism is doubly strange because on your map "Lakeview" begins on Clark Street, which corresponds quite well to the geography when the crowd turns straight and Wrigleyville solidifies. (Wrigleyville exists a bit to the east as well, for straights who don't want to say they are in Boystown or gays who are in the closet for that conversation.)


So, why, may I ask, does Redfin so fear acknowledging what any buyer who walks past rainbow flags, uses Google Maps, or meets their to-be same sex couple neighbors will see anyway?




Posts: 628
Registered: ‎09-21-2011

Re: Dear Redfin, Why are you afraid of the gays?

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Locked due to controversial discussion of sexuality, which is a violation of the forum guidelines.


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Please note that your feedback hasn't gone unheard and has been received by Redfin, as noted in Marks reply.  Smiley Happy

Redfin Market Manager
Posts: 97
Registered: ‎06-18-2008

Re: Dear Redfin, Why are you afraid of the gays?

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Hi secondcitybuyer,


I ran a 'Boystown' search on and it appears you are correct that the map is innaccurate. The result shows the neighborhood bordered by Irving Park, Clark, Barry and LSD and it should be, as you noted, shown similarly to Google's view.  The request has been made to make that correction and also to eliminate "North Halsted" from the description.  


Thanks for the heads-up about both Boystown and Buena Park.  We appreciate everyone's feedback, as that's what helps to make our site more accurate.

Mark Reitman | Redfin Regional Director - Central US