Whole area is infested with hippies and hipsters. Lots of Thug POS trash hang around when some rappers appearing at the Varsity.
You know, I'm closing in on the half century mark, and the whole area of Chimes and State has always been a place where the alternative group lived and hung out both when I was in school and now. If there's one thing that's changed, it's that the area has gotten cleaner, a lot cleaner, and a whole lot more developed than when I was that age with multiple nice new complexes for kids to live in, communities if you will.
The gay bars are still down the street as they were when I was that age. The Chimes is still the Chimes, and we had the Bayou which served to attract the hard core sex pistolisque people. Head shops? Yep, they were there too. Although the Bengal isn't there, the neighborhood is relatively unchanged from back when it was around those areas of town.
I think perhaps the only thing that's really changed here is that you got old in the head.