Log in to Frontiers
It’s said the best way to gentrify a neighborhood is to move in the gays. Over the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has enjoyed a renaissance, in no small part thanks to the growing LGBT pr...
By Mike Ciriaco
July 8, 2014 :: 11:34 PM
It’s said the best way to gentrify a neighborhood is to move in the gays. Over the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has enjoyed a renaissance, in no small part thanks to the growing LGBT presence revitalizing the once-dilapidated urban wasteland. Recognizing DTLA’s burgeoning queer community, Oliver Luke Alpuche and Zachary Beus will be opening Redline, a gay video bar and lounge this fall on 6th Street.
“One thing I’ve learned about DTLA is that it’s already being represented by some of the most hard-working members of the LGBT community,” says Beus, a former intelligence officer for the federal government. “The LGBT community is already playing a major role in DTLA’s revitalization. Redline is taking it to the next level by acting as a springboard for events, organizations, sporting leagues, entertainment and much more.”
To Beus and Alpuche (himself a general manager for Nike), Redline is the first step in unifying the now disparate gay elements scattered across the neighborhood.
“I decided to move downtown six years ago to be part of the revival,” Alpuche explains. “The people, the sense of community and the independent shops are what really drew me in. Seeing the place transform before my eyes was amazing, but there was always something missing—the gay scene. I love my city but didn’t understand why there wasn’t a gay bar in it. Living Downtown you see a huge population of gays, and you wonder, where do they all hang out? Where do they go at night, and how can I meet them? I want to create a community meeting place for the gays in DTLA.”