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The Death of Gay Bars

Along with dinosaurs like record stores and telemarketing, gay bars warranted a spot on Fortune Magazine's annual list of ten businesses facing extinction. Marketplace investigates the curious prediction, cites local closings like the Castro's The Pendulum, and tosses out a variety of theories, including those evil computers (!): " young, gay men and women use the Internet, not bars, to meet people. And the older generation has graduated from late-night bar hopping to a mellow meal out. Of course, a lot of gay bars aren't disappearing, they're just becoming more mixed...the gay-bar business model worked 10 years ago, but not anymore." [Marketplace]