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2012-09-21 12:24:11 AM
The entire Northside of Chicago
 
2012-09-21 12:25:09 AM
Are all of those near/parts of big cities? Because they missed some places like Ashland, OR, where the majority of the city - and not just one neighborhood - is hipstery.
 
2012-09-21 12:26:11 AM

dumbobruni: Ikam: dumbobruni: those priced out of williamsburg and greenpoint have moved into Bushwick, Ridgewood, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Hipsters have been moving to Bushwick for awhile now. Why? Who knows.

cheaper loft spaces......more spaces available: many are illegal, and many are right next door to housing projects. the combo of both somewhat limits rent hikes


That makes sense. I knew someone who lived there about ten years ago and I visited him on a new york trip and stayed for a few days in the neighborhood at his place. I remember hearing gunfire in the middle of the night and the neighborhood being rather bleak while having this possible hipsterish 'up and coming vibe'. I've been told things have changed for the better.
 
2012-09-21 12:26:37 AM
I came in to say fark Wicker Park, but hipsterdom has moved a few stops farther up the blue line. Wicker Park became a little too expensive and popular for the hipsters without trust funds.
 
2012-09-21 12:27:52 AM

Alphakronik: The place subby is talking about is the Hawthorne District in Portland, Oregon.


The Pearl isn't hipster, its the richy rich place that you can't find parking in.


This. I clicked the link expecting Hawthorne/Belmont, and was rather surprised to see the Pearl District. Sure, AI types go there, but it's one of the least hipster areas of Portland, as it caters more to yuppies and rich retirees (and those close to retiring).
 
2012-09-21 12:29:42 AM
ugh... de-slided
 
2012-09-21 12:30:19 AM

SnakeLee: Also, Allston/Brighton is more hipstered out than pretty much anywhere except

...

Damn it, there is no "Allston/Brighton". They're two distinct neighborhoods and although the border is disputed, some of us are willing to defend it.

/You want me on that wall.
 
2012-09-21 12:31:27 AM
Definitely expected Wicker Park. I'd also throw in the Riverwest/Brady St. combo in Milwaukee.
 
2012-09-21 12:32:14 AM
North Park Represent!

wait, this is a hipster thread?

Kinda makes sense, I think the bar at 30th and Upas is hipster-ish. I don't really know, I but my vodka from the liquor store a block up from there.
 
2012-09-21 12:34:51 AM
Yeah, hipster paradise in Jackson, MS. HA just kidding, nothing there but illiterate gangstas and criminals and that is just the local government. But you probably never heard of it.
 
2012-09-21 12:36:50 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: UberDave: Lower Westheimer

Montrose?


/wink
 
2012-09-21 12:38:10 AM

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2012-09-21 12:06:17 AM


jaylectricity: OK, I'm ready to be a hipster. If people are willing to go this far to make fun of hipsters, there must be something really awesome there somewhere.

Just think of the dumbest shiat and claim it as awesome and you're on your way.

And where do you live?

I'd definetly live in those areas in a heartbeat, if I was 10, 15 years younger and wasn't married - especially the Mission District (SF). Oh well, one has to grow up.


Orange County.
 
2012-09-21 12:39:48 AM

Ikam: Hipsters have been moving to Bushwick for awhile now. Why? Who knows.


I like how real estate brokers now call Bushwick "East Williamsburg"
 
2012-09-21 12:40:15 AM

divx88: Orange County.


Funny, my husband and I spent almost a week in San Diego earlier this year, and were struck by the complete lack of hipsters we saw. It was rather refreshing.
 
2012-09-21 12:40:56 AM

Ikam: That makes sense. I knew someone who lived there about ten years ago and I visited him on a new york trip and stayed for a few days in the neighborhood at his place. I remember hearing gunfire in the middle of the night and the neighborhood being rather bleak while having this possible hipsterish 'up and coming vibe'. I've been told things have changed for the better.


10 years is a long time in gentrification years....
 
2012-09-21 12:41:42 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: UberDave: Lower Westheimer

Montrose?



Pretty much. Lower Westheimer is 610 on in but they probably mean everything from Shepherd to Midtown (Main...Fannin). I think the shot in the article is from Bagby look toward Montrose (7-8 blocks). In the 80s, the deployed something like 100 police officers every Friday and Saturday in that little stretch.
 
2012-09-21 12:41:53 AM

Snarfangel: With that in mind, I would like to point out that all of Oregon is an incredibly popular hipster neighborhood.


Someone's never been to rural Oregon. Either that, or Teabagger Rednecks are really hip nowadays.
 
2012-09-21 12:42:21 AM

NowhereMon: NE Minneapolis is a real neighborhood. North Loop was created from whole cloth by real estate developers. It's the urban version of Celebration, Florida. Clean, sanitary, safe, boring, expensive.


As someone who lives very close to the North Loop, I totally agree. NE is way more hipsterish and eclectic, and I'd say the highest concentration of hipsterdom is probably Uptown. The North Loop is close to the big Farmer's Market, but it's not the best one by a long shot. But, they used a photo of Pip and the Marvel Bar, so they get a couple of points for that.

/hipster name dropping!
 
2012-09-21 12:42:28 AM

lilplatinum: 10 years is a long time in gentrification years....


True. I've lived through it before.
 
2012-09-21 12:43:18 AM

SnakeLee: JerseyTim: There are still hipsters in Williamsburg?

Is it Brooklyn Heights now? I guess I am out of touch with NYC


Greenpoint, but thats about "over" now too. Bushwick is peaking soon, with Ridgewood as a future prospect.
 
2012-09-21 12:43:55 AM
Forbes wouldn't know hipster if Dead Meadow played at their NYSE launch party. Here's the real shiat.

1. Walla Walla, WA -- the "Flowerpot" district
2. Portales, NM -- "Peanut Row"
3. Keokuk, IA -- S. 7th to S. 16th Ave (non-inclusive)
4. Mt. Vernon, OH -- no neighborhood name; within approximately a half-mile radius of The Naz (Mt. Vernon Nazarene College)
5. Athens, GA -- "The Reserve At Athens," gated community (only neighborhood in Athens never lived in by any member of the corporatist dreck-merchants R.E.M., the B-52s, or KRS-One)
6. Mill Run, PA -- the Fallingwater neighborhood (unfortunately trending yuppie lately)
7. New York City, NY -- the Joshes (upper three floors of 203-207 W. 84th St.)

You're welcome, poseurs.
 
2012-09-21 12:44:11 AM

Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: Kind of surprised Logan Square isn't listed.

 

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2012-09-21 12:45:33 AM

almejita: North Park Represent!

wait, this is a hipster thread?

Kinda makes sense, I think the bar at 30th and Upas is hipster-ish. I don't really know, I but my vodka from the liquor store a block up from there.


They seem to be talking about the 30th and university area. But that is quickly turning into more of a "downtown" kind of vibe rather than a hipster one. Fancy bars/clubs and restaurants are not really true "hipster" places. The hipsters seems to be more in the 30th & el cajon area. Either way the rents and home prices are shooting up again so a lot of us old timers are moving out of the area. I remember when people used to look down on me for living here, and now people are jealous...it's kind of weird
 
2012-09-21 12:47:06 AM
It would appear that the slideshow farktard, along with many of you, are confusing yuppies and hipsters. They are not the same thing, in fact, they are pretty different.

I haven't been to all of those places, but I can tell you that Wicker Park is not hipster, and the biggest hipster neighborhood in Minneapolis is Powderhorn Park.

/I also don't believe hipsters can be found in great number anywhere in Texas.
 
2012-09-21 12:51:18 AM
Surprised none of the neighborhoods in Nashville made the list. I thought the 12 South (area in and around 12th Avenue South), SoBro (the area immediately south and southeast of the Downtown area before it turns to all public housing), or East Nashville (away from the public housing that borders I-24 near the LP Field) might have made the list.
 
2012-09-21 12:54:59 AM

dickfreckle: Warehouse District, New Orleans? Do you sprinkle heroin on your Sugar Smacks, full-of-horsesh*t-slideshow writer? The Warehouse is a yuppie neighborhood with some art galleries, like many other former industrial neighborhoods in a major cities in the USA (lofts). Nothing wrong with it; I hang out there all the time and even used to live there before being priced out. I was at Vic's Kangaroo Cafe just last night. But my point is that I know the writer has never even been to New Orleans, or if he/she has, never left Bourbon St. and relies on some stupid stat somewhere to form this decision. The Fauborg Marigny is your hipster goldmine (replete with reeking gutter punks from middle class families), as is much of the Bywater and lower Decatur St. in the Quarter (the last part of the Quarter not turned into condos or some garish nightclub owned by a Turk).

I can't even get through an inconsequential slideshow without my city being misrepresented.


Oak Street?
 
2012-09-21 12:57:53 AM
Barstow, for hardest or tardest core hipsters.
 
2012-09-21 12:57:55 AM

Ikam: No kidding. Hipsterism has moved on from Wicker Park (I lived in Ukrainian Village for 10 years within spitting distance of Wicker Park) and it has followed me up here to Logan Square (or me it, who knows).


Came here to say this. I live in Bucktown and most of the people moving in are young well-to-do couples. The hipsters are moving to Logan Square and Ukrainian Village. I've always liked hipsters (I'm not even close to being one by any means)-- they're always interesting, even if completely nuts.
 
2012-09-21 01:02:46 AM
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2012-09-21 12:38:10 AM


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2012-09-21 12:06:17 AM


jaylectricity: OK, I'm ready to be a hipster. If people are willing to go this far to make fun of hipsters, there must be something really awesome there somewhere.

Just think of the dumbest shiat and claim it as awesome and you're on your way.

And where do you live?

I'd definetly live in those areas in a heartbeat, if I was 10, 15 years younger and wasn't married - especially the Mission District (SF). Oh well, one has to grow up.

Orange County.


Ah, if you are referring to Orange County, California, I am moving there. As I say, I'm too old for hipster areas. Need to raise family in "boring" suburbia.
 
2012-09-21 01:07:21 AM
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those areas are over!
 
2012-09-21 01:08:53 AM

luckcat: NowhereMon: NE Minneapolis is a real neighborhood. North Loop was created from whole cloth by real estate developers. It's the urban version of Celebration, Florida. Clean, sanitary, safe, boring, expensive.

As someone who lives very close to the North Loop, I totally agree. NE is way more hipsterish and eclectic, and I'd say the highest concentration of hipsterdom is probably Uptown. The North Loop is close to the big Farmer's Market, but it's not the best one by a long shot. But, they used a photo of Pip and the Marvel Bar, so they get a couple of points for that.

/hipster name dropping!


Uptown has too many douchebags in from the 'burbs for *real* hipster cred.
 
2012-09-21 01:09:26 AM

WildManBand: dickfreckle: Warehouse District, New Orleans? Do you sprinkle heroin on your Sugar Smacks, full-of-horsesh*t-slideshow writer? The Warehouse is a yuppie neighborhood with some art galleries, like many other former industrial neighborhoods in a major cities in the USA (lofts). Nothing wrong with it; I hang out there all the time and even used to live there before being priced out. I was at Vic's Kangaroo Cafe just last night. But my point is that I know the writer has never even been to New Orleans, or if he/she has, never left Bourbon St. and relies on some stupid stat somewhere to form this decision. The Fauborg Marigny is your hipster goldmine (replete with reeking gutter punks from middle class families), as is much of the Bywater and lower Decatur St. in the Quarter (the last part of the Quarter not turned into condos or some garish nightclub owned by a Turk).

I can't even get through an inconsequential slideshow without my city being misrepresented.

Oak Street?


Maybe Oak St. But yeah, certainly no hipsters in the Warehouse District. Like, zero. That's all yuppie transplants/Jersey Shore douchey types. The idea of the Warehouse District as a hipster neighborhood is completely off base and laughable.

And they aren't hanging around lower Decatur, either.

The N.O. hipsters (and the recent massive influx of hipsters from Brooklyn/"Billyburg") can be found mostly in the Bywater although some are certainly in the Marigny and the LGD (Lower Garden Distrct).
 
2012-09-21 01:11:45 AM

telaran: Are all of those near/parts of big cities? Because they missed some places like Ashland, OR, where the majority of the city - and not just one neighborhood - is hipstery.


We had some meetings in Ashland a few years ago. The morning of the first meeting, several of us wanted to get together for breakfast. We couldn't find a restaurant/cafe that opened before 9AM. I asked our Ashland hosts, "Doesn't anyone here have a real job?" They thought for a minute and replied, "No, not really." Sounded pretty hipstery to me....
 
2012-09-21 01:12:41 AM
Tellingthem

I'm across the street from the medical place, on Capps. Old motel they changed into appts a long time ago, better not change my rent, I been here 10 years.

BTW, mostly I replied cuz of your screenname.

Nice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4sgCl-B_iY&playnext=1&list=PLAD452AED D BAA5340
 
2012-09-21 01:16:03 AM
Came for "OVER!" Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-09-21 01:17:27 AM

SnakeLee: JerseyTim: There are still hipsters in Williamsburg?

Is it Brooklyn Heights now? I guess I am out of touch with NYC


No, it never was. Brooklyn heights is south and west of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williamsburg is east and north of the navy yard.
 
2012-09-21 01:17:31 AM

SnakeLee: Yay I made the list!

Also, Allston/Brighton is more hipstered out than pretty much anywhere except for Williamsburgh and the Mission District, but it's only #18 for some reason. It's also the third most hipsterish place in Boston at best. Somerville/Central Square makes Allston/Brighton look like David Spade's frat in PCU.


Meh, skip the hipsters and head for the North End. Absence of smugness and better food.
 
2012-09-21 01:20:46 AM

poot_rootbeer: Yeah, Williamsburg has great transit options!

You can get either the G train or the J train!


Or the L train.
 
2012-09-21 01:21:21 AM

slidillon: I like hipsters.

There I said it. Poke fun if you want.

/NOT a Hipster


Same. I was in Little 5 tonight (it's on the list). We drank some beer and played Magic: The Gathering.

I'm not a hipster, but I have more fun with hipsters than with club-goers.
 
2012-09-21 01:22:22 AM

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2012-09-21 12:06:17 AM


jaylectricity: OK, I'm ready to be a hipster. If people are willing to go this far to make fun of hipsters, there must be something really awesome there somewhere.

Just think of the dumbest shiat and claim it as awesome and you're on your way.

And where do you live?

I'd definetly live in those areas in a heartbeat, if I was 10, 15 years younger and wasn't married - especially the Mission District (SF). Oh well, one has to grow up.

Orange County.

Ah, if you are referring to Orange County, California, I am moving there. As I say, I'm too old for hipster areas. Need to raise family in "boring" suburbia.


Oh it's boring, but it doesn't change the irritating hipster types any. Hipsters don't equate to awesome and exciting. Logic doesn't apply to the hipster. There is no rhyme or reason for the things they choose to triumph as being awesome. Plus their attention spans regarding what's important this day and age is less than that of a fruit fly. Who knows, maybe I live in pseudo-hipsterville which would actually be worse.
 
2012-09-21 01:22:45 AM

Tellingthem: North Park is #13...great...looks like I need to stock up on hipster repellent...


I have lived in North Park for 9 years and have watched it become a hipster mecca. I am mixed about how I feel about that.
 
2012-09-21 01:23:55 AM
Meh, Arcata, California and Bolinas California are truly hip. Bolinas actually is almost impossible to find. The locals tear down any signs giving directions to the town.
 
2012-09-21 01:27:46 AM

You're gonna get some hop-ons: WildManBand: dickfreckle: Warehouse District, New Orleans? Do you sprinkle heroin on your Sugar Smacks, full-of-horsesh*t-slideshow writer? The Warehouse is a yuppie neighborhood with some art galleries, like many other former industrial neighborhoods in a major cities in the USA (lofts). Nothing wrong with it; I hang out there all the time and even used to live there before being priced out. I was at Vic's Kangaroo Cafe just last night. But my point is that I know the writer has never even been to New Orleans, or if he/she has, never left Bourbon St. and relies on some stupid stat somewhere to form this decision. The Fauborg Marigny is your hipster goldmine (replete with reeking gutter punks from middle class families), as is much of the Bywater and lower Decatur St. in the Quarter (the last part of the Quarter not turned into condos or some garish nightclub owned by a Turk).

I can't even get through an inconsequential slideshow without my city being misrepresented.

Oak Street?

Maybe Oak St. But yeah, certainly no hipsters in the Warehouse District. Like, zero. That's all yuppie transplants/Jersey Shore douchey types. The idea of the Warehouse District as a hipster neighborhood is completely off base and laughable.

And they aren't hanging around lower Decatur, either.

The N.O. hipsters (and the recent massive influx of hipsters from Brooklyn/"Billyburg") can be found mostly in the Bywater although some are certainly in the Marigny and the LGD (Lower Garden Distrct).


I disagree about lower Decatur not being a hipster beacon. LGD definitely has them, but it's a really great mix of all kinds of people. Just last week I moved from LGD up the road to the Irish Channel (can throw a rock to Parasol's from my balcony - not that I would). If I bring my A-game I might hit Tracey's. Like the LGD it has a great mix of people that give the neighborhood true character. Btw, I've been using the interwebs at Tracey's because my connection won't be on until Monday (stupid Cox).
 
2012-09-21 01:29:10 AM

dumbobruni: Ikam: dumbobruni: those priced out of williamsburg and greenpoint have moved into Bushwick, Ridgewood, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Hipsters have been moving to Bushwick for awhile now. Why? Who knows.

cheaper loft spaces......more spaces available: many are illegal, and many are right next door to housing projects. the combo of both somewhat limits rent hikes


They also use public transit rather than drive so they tend to follow the subway lines, you got the J & M trains on the south end of Bushwick and the L on the north end. Much of the new population follows those lines, the same for the A train going past Bedford-Styvensant, which has had a large number of hipsters and white people moving into what was once a mostly black neighborhood.
 
2012-09-21 01:40:17 AM
ITT: We continue to pretend groups of completely ordinary people are something other than a groups of completely ordinary people.
 
2012-09-21 01:46:49 AM
I knew farking Silver Lake would be #1. Ugh.
 
2012-09-21 01:47:18 AM

randomjsa: ITT: We continue to pretend groups of completely ordinary people are something other than a groups of completely ordinary people.


You were obviously a sociology major.
 
2012-09-21 01:47:54 AM

almejita: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4sgCl-B_iY&playnext=1&list=PLAD452AED D BAA5340


I've lived here for nine years (30th st kitty corner from the vons) and have gone through 3 landlords and the new ones just jacked our rent up. They have been buying lots of rentals in the area and have been doing basic remodels and then renting them to the hipster and cool kids. Since it is a now a trendy area things are going to change even more rapidly. So I'm sure they will get to you sooner or later. I love the neighborhood but i"m sure we will not be able to afford to live here much longer...

\yep I'm a sucker for some Social D :)
 
2012-09-21 01:54:29 AM

titwrench: Tellingthem: North Park is #13...great...looks like I need to stock up on hipster repellent...

I have lived in North Park for 9 years and have watched it become a hipster mecca. I am mixed about how I feel about that.


Yeah i'm kind of the same. It's nice to see the neighborhood doing well and to see some of the businesses thriving.. but on the other hand I'm tired of seeing my favorite places close up shop for some fancy place to move in. The distinct nature of the neighborhood is dying to be replaced with the flavor of the day. Oh well that is the way things go i guess.
 
2012-09-21 02:04:44 AM

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jaylectricity: OK, I'm ready to be a hipster. If people are willing to go this far to make fun of hipsters, there must be something really awesome there somewhere.

Just think of the dumbest shiat and claim it as awesome and you're on your way.

And where do you live?

I'd definetly live in those areas in a heartbeat, if I was 10, 15 years younger and wasn't married - especially the Mission District (SF). Oh well, one has to grow up.


Hahahaha.. I still know cholas live in that neighborhood and there are still gun shots at night. They are wanting the neighborhood back.
 
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