Grindr and Tinder: the disruptive influence of apps on gay bars

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One of my pet interests is the way social apps remake physical spaces in addition to virtual ones, and while the decline in gay bars has multiple causes — including, happily, greater equality around the world — the effect of apps like Grindr on these spaces is notable:

The Black Cap, the George & Dragon, Madame Jojo’s and the Candy Bar: the list of LGBT bars that have closed in London goes on and on. Since 2006, the UK capital has lost more than half its gay bars and clubs, falling from 125 to 53 in just over a decade, according to research from the Urban Laboratory at University College London.

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