Ultimately, the primary reason for the downfall of these communities is that there is no longer a need for them. While prejudice still exists, modern society is much more accepting of different sexualities and genders. Members of the LGBTQ+ community no longer feel a need to hide. This alone shows the great progress that these early lesbians fought for. On the other hand, these trailblazers of Alapine are witnessing the decline of their life’s work. Another way to look at it though, is to say that these groups are taking on new forms, rather than dying out completely. In fact, in 2016 a new community opened up in New York, called New Women’s Space. It is not residential, but it is a safe space for any members of the community to come together and grow as people. The need for safety and togetherness still exists, but it can now be found out in the open. Members of the LGBTQ+ community always have, and always will find ways to find each other and foster acceptance.
As of June 12, 2022, Alapine will have existed for 25 years. It is the largest lesbian commune in the country. They currently have five lots for sale, and more information can be found on their website.