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Visiting the Borderless City: Traveling via the Internet
Unformatted Document Text:  9 . For example, designating buildings in a neighborhood as historic landmarks makes the neighborhood an attraction for tourists and significantly raises the rents in the neighborhood (Zukin, 1995: 124). 10 . A striking example of this was the transformation of Times Square with the aid of the Disney Corporation. According to Samuel Delany (1999), the redevelopment of the theater district meant a few mega-theaters and mega-stores designed for tourists replaced dozens of theaters and stores catering to a wide range of tastes. More importantly, this displacement was deemed legitimate because many of these small businesses had allowed sex in public spaces. These spaces were vital to the social life of many neighborhood residents. Delany argues that while public sex is often equated with prostitution, for a very diverse group of people--gay and straight- -casual sex in public is part of their life. Creating spaces for sex allows encounters between individuals of diverse backgrounds who might not get together if it involved relocating to a less neutral setting. ’If every sexual encounter involves bringing someone back to your house, the general sexual activity in a city becomes anxiety filled, class-bound and choosy. This is precisely why public restrooms, peepshows, sex movies, bars with grope rooms and parks with enough greenery are necessary for a relaxed and friendly sexual atmosphere in a democratic metropolis’ (30-31). Thus, by destroying the businesses which locals rely upon, tourism oriented development can disrupt a community even if the cost of rent does not increase. 11 . Travelers can also personalize their favorite travel Web sites so that they provide them with the current lowest fares to cities they have an interest in visiting. For example, I can list my home airport as San Jose and the fares I am interested in tracking as flights to Seattle, Minneapolis and New York. When I log in to the site it displays the lowest fares next to each city: Seattle $112, Minneapolis $230, New York $275.

Authors: Fotsch, Paul.
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. For example, designating buildings in a neighborhood as historic landmarks makes the
neighborhood an attraction for tourists and significantly raises the rents in the neighborhood
(Zukin, 1995: 124).
10
. A striking example of this was the transformation of Times Square with the aid of the Disney
Corporation. According to Samuel Delany (1999), the redevelopment of the theater district
meant a few mega-theaters and mega-stores designed for tourists replaced dozens of theaters and
stores catering to a wide range of tastes. More importantly, this displacement was deemed
legitimate because many of these small businesses had allowed sex in public spaces. These
spaces were vital to the social life of many neighborhood residents. Delany argues that while
public sex is often equated with prostitution, for a very diverse group of people--gay and straight-
-casual sex in public is part of their life. Creating spaces for sex allows encounters between
individuals of diverse backgrounds who might not get together if it involved relocating to a less
neutral setting. ’If every sexual encounter involves bringing someone back to your house, the
general sexual activity in a city becomes anxiety filled, class-bound and choosy. This is
precisely why public restrooms, peepshows, sex movies, bars with grope rooms and parks with
enough greenery are necessary for a relaxed and friendly sexual atmosphere in a democratic
metropolis’ (30-31). Thus, by destroying the businesses which locals rely upon, tourism oriented
development can disrupt a community even if the cost of rent does not increase.
11
. Travelers can also personalize their favorite travel Web sites so that they provide them with
the current lowest fares to cities they have an interest in visiting. For example, I can list my
home airport as San Jose and the fares I am interested in tracking as flights to Seattle,
Minneapolis and New York. When I log in to the site it displays the lowest fares next to each
city: Seattle $112, Minneapolis $230, New York $275.


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