By the late s, however, urban restructuring, municipal reform politics, and moral regulation altered how the Lower Main was represented in the expanding metropolitan, entertainment, and sensationalist presses. Predictably, the changing fortunes of the Lower Main were generally associated with increases in poverty, monrteal, alcoholism, and drug use.
While this representation was certainly part of shifting class geographies that repositioned the inner city in relation to the expanding suburbs and monrreal downtown, a critical reading suggests important links between discourses of inner-city decline and shifting gender and sexual norms in the post-World War II era. The production of its decline, the governance of its morality, and the corresponding media spectacularization of its non-normative genders and sexualities made prostittion Lower Main symbolically central to the reworking of local heteronormativities in urban space.
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In this paper, I use a case study of the Lower Main to explore the relationships between the post-World War II discourses of urban decline and the emerging representations of queer populations in the spatial discourses shaping North American cities. In contrast with research that treats sex work, homosexuality, and transsexuality separately, the focus here is on the intersection and aggregation of these identities in representations of one place.
I begin by reading the links between inner-city decline in the post-World War II period and queer histories, advancing a framework for reading discourses of urban decline in the media. I conclude by reflecting on the implications of this case study for the study of heteronormativity, urban redevelopment and queer populations in the post-World War II city. Discourses that centered on areas of increased impoverishment and ghettoization in the inner city served to spatially fix mainstream anxieties about the deepening contradictions of capitalist urbanism and racialized inequalities in the declining inner city.
Beauregard argued that representations play an prostittuion role in the process of reconciling the contradictions of capitalist urbanism, an argument that has been influential among urban scholars.
Given that prositution post- World War II ideals re-centered on the reproduction of the nuclear family, it should follow that normative proscriptions about heterosexuality would have been part of the process of isolating and spectacularizing the inner city. However, while Beauregard skillfully demonstrates how representations of impoverishment and racialized ghettoization served to justify this turning away from the city, representations of sexualities are absent from his analysis.
The diversity of sexual and gender identities that made these inner-city areas central to discourses of decline have also been neglected in urban geographies of sexualities. The neighbourhood has historically been home to cabarets and illegal businesses as early as the midth century, but especially between and early s. The term Red Light recalls the old lantern on the doors of brothels. Gambling, illicit taverns, and prostitution have marked the montrezl of this area, also related to prohibition in the United States and Montreal's status as a port city.
Today, there are still traces of this type of activity, but it prostitufion much more discreet. The variety shows that took place in the neighbourhood launched the careers of several foreign artists and was equally the starting point for many local artists.
The Montreal Pool Room fast-food restaurant is also located there. There is no official red-light district, although the definition of the boundaries has varied according to both the source and the time period.
Proulx claims mnotreal today, it has shrunk to centre on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent, the area's historical heart. Prostitution, gambling and drinking were more prevalent in this area because of its proximity to the city centre, which is often a major tourist attraction, and the high density of liquor shops taverns, bars, night clubs, cabarets, etc.
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While referencesto queerpopulationswere probablyrare in urban planning texts,bythe s they were anything but invisible in more popular discourses emanating from the growing media coverage of the inner city in decline. The variety shows that took place in the neighbourhood launched the prostitition of several foreign artists and was equally the starting point for many local artists.
The late s and s were not only a time of modernization and moral reform;this was also a time of homosexual panic in both Canada and the United States. However, the links between discourses of prstitution decline, place-making, and the diversity of sexualities located within such sites remain unexplored.
By the late s, the area to its west had been slated for the eastward expansion of the downtown core. According to the booking agent, this prostihution club was one of the few clubs of the Lower Main that was still vibrant, attracting a broad clientele of gays, lesbians, and heterosexuals.
Another method used to suppress the Lower Main was restricting or refusing business, alcohol, and dance floor permits and s. I conclude by reflecting on the implications of this case study for the study of heteronormativity, urban redevelopment and queer populations in the post-World War II city. For example, in December a Morality Squad campaign to investigate reservoirs of organized crime identified twenty taverns and nightclubs, twelve of which were located along the Lower Main.
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