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Old 12-14-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Portland, Oregon without question is the major city hippie, crunchy, granola, tree hugging, bed wetting liberal capital. It's weird . That aside it is a very nice city otherwise



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Seattle is about as far-left liberal as it gets. The only place that I can compare to Seattle as far as being super liberal and hippie is Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest has more far-left nutjobs than anywhere.
Indeed, I lived in Seattle during the Bush years, they made Bush hating an art form out there. However go east across Lake Washington into Bellevue and politics take a sharp turn to the right.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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I've been to a few places over the years. It depends upon your definition of "Hippie". If it is unwashed, vagabond, and 'free', Then Tampa, FL. If washed, 'progressive', and more "Yuppie" than "Hippie" then Portland, OR., but I agree that Asheville, NC (although well under a million residents) is VERY 'progressive'. Denver has a healthy population of both, from my experience, and Boulder, CO is the "Yuppie" capital (with deference to Berkley, CA). The *real* Hippie crowd, (by necessity being very young), tends to migrate. The southwest is a common gathering ground, nowadays. (And they're still much cleaner than the '60s and '70s bunch). IMHO, of course.

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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As a footnote: Boulder, CO, at barely 100,000 residents, has a no-smoking ban within the 'city' limits You have to live in a smaller town if you want to be *really* progressive... lol
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Is it still San Francisco? I'm talking MAJOR city, with a MSA of over a million people.

My uneducated guesses...

Portland
San Diego
San Jose
Seattle
Sacramento

They're not major cities, but are parts of the Bay Area like Berkley, Marin County still pretty hippieish? If not true hippies, then areas with lots of new agers, greeny types?
San Diego! Are you high?

The RNC was held there a few elections ago.

Sacramento and San Jose? Not sure those qualify. The PNW cities are good candidates as well as a lot small town Mountain West. Northern AZ and NM and definitely CO. You can't turn around there without hearing some crappy mountain jam band music or walking into a hackey sack game.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: In a valley in the South Hills
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Actually, BOTH Portlands, although the Maine one doesn't meet the population requirement.

And let's not forget Key West if we're talking small towns.

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You can't turn around there without hearing some crappy mountain jam band music or walking into a hackey sack game.
I lol'd.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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San Francisco is a major city and its still the hippie capital
Although there are emerging stars such as

Austin (argue if you want, but this is all austin is known for)
Seattle
Minneapolis (midwest hippie capital)
Portland
Boston
Greensboro, NC
D.C
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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san francisco is a major city and its still the hippie capital
although there are emerging stars such as

austin (argue if you want, but this is all austin is known for)
seattle
minneapolis (midwest hippie capital)
portland
boston
greensboro, nc
d.c
what?
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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It's said that Portland is where young people go to retire.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:20 PM
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Location: Hunkering down atop Shasta
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It used to be back in hippie days that San Francisco, Seattle, and LA were the main focal points on the West Coast. However they've lost that standing, partly due to cost of living, and now Portland has come from behind to win.

They're not exactly like the hippies of yore ..... some are hipsters, which is a different thing. There are some actual genuine old hippies left though, and some young people who like to be "retro".
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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I just want to point out that yuppies who work at corporations and are really hipster and liberal are not hippies. That's all I think of when I think of SF, Portland, or Austin.

How about New Orleans, where people literally move here to live in cheap shotgun houses and bum around playing music and drinking on street corners. That's what I think of when I think of the word hippie.
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