Like many urban cities, downtown Norfolk has changed dramatically over the years, and those changes have directly affected queer spaces. This area of the city had a significant concentration of gay bars in the 1970s and 80s, but gentrification and urban renewal changed the landscape, and many bars were replaced by parking lots and garages. Though there are far fewer queer-specific businesses in downtown today, it is impossible to stroll down the area’s streets and alleyways without walking in the footsteps of queer people from the past.