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Old 07-02-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Stumptown
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As for major cities? I'd agree with other posters... Portland probably fits the bill for being a place where the unconventional is conventional. Though it's still a major US city and there's lots of different types of people to be found there, like anywhere else. There are other smaller cities and communities scattered around the US that would fit the bill of the OP much better, and definitely fit it much better than any large city ever could due to the simple fact that in a smaller community there are less people to "center" the norms of the community.

Some of the smaller communities I know that may fit the description of the unconventional being conventional are Arcata, CA; Nevada City, CA; Ashland, OR; and Takilma, OR. I've heard Homer, AK is like this too, but I've never been there so I can't say.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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The Bohemian Alps of Butler/Saunder County Nebraska. Takes in the big cities of Bruno, Abie, & Prague.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:53 PM
 
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That's right! Been there, not done that. Then there is the infamous Wahoo, Nebraska, home of uh, er, um, I'll think of it in a second. I KNOW! Wahoo McDaniel! He was a pro football player in the old American Football League; played for the Broncos, Jets, and the Dolphins!! No?????? Well, it's the best I got anyway. And 5 miles north of Wahoo is the lovely village of Colon! (check the atlas). OK, I'm going to my room now!
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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If 50,000 people show up for anything it isn't that weird. Here's the deal, by the time you have heard that a place is "hip" it's no longer cool. The cutting edge means creating trends, not following them.

I'm not talking about "hip" or "cutting edge", I mean BOHEMIAN...Goth is about thirty years old, and there is nothing "cutting edge" about it, but it's still unconventional, unique, "weird" etc, i.e., Bohemian.

I'm not talking about somewhere that's "hip", as that would be Williamsburg with all the Sex and the City wannabees, I mean somewhere that's just weird and likes it that way, even if the said weirdness is decades old...Throbbing Gristle is over 25 years old, but their sound is still as weird now as it was then.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:56 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Almost anywhere in California. They live in urban lofts and mountainous forests and smalltown main streets and Eichlers and bungalows and so on. Separate communities are passť.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:12 AM
 
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I'd have to say New Orleans.I haven't visited since Katrina but that was like being in another country compared to any city I have been in the USA.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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I encountered a rather large hippie enclave on St Johns VI a few years ago...it really was like traveling through time...most of them had refugeed from the mainland in the late 60's, so the culture had been well preserved!
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default What about Portland, Maine?

Everyone seems to have left out Portland, Maine which is most certainly a very 'bohemian' city. The natural surroundings and proximity to Boston make it a fabulous place to live. I have lived here for seven years and would highly recommend it, however I am moving in the fall simply because I can no longer handle the winters! You should check it out!
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:11 AM
 
Location: los angeles
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I would include the entire West Coast with concentrations of bohemia esp around Big Sur [including Cayucos, Cambria, Lucia, Esalen Institute, Tassajara] & Monterey bay [Santa Cruz].

I agree that San Francisco is a bit upscale but is the bosom of bohemia including Berkeley. Right up the coast but especially around Arcata is a blend of marijuana farmers, academics, artists & ground zero for the Green Party/socialism.

Portland of-course and Seattle are centers of bohemia as well.

To a lesser degree parts of the Santa Barbara coastline [Carpinteria, La Conchita] & Topanga/LA & Laguna Beach certainly have a history of bohemia.

But overall that idealistic lifestyle is unattainable for most people unless poverty isn't that big a deal
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:21 AM
 
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What city in the US has the most hippies/freaks/goths/punks/artist/beatniks?

Where in the US is the uncoventional, conventional? Where is obscure music and art the biggest?

Where in America can one still see guys with goatees and berets playing bongoes while sipping a cappucino at a sidewalk cafe getting ready for a poetry reading?


I have heard allot of people say Portland Oregon has that title, and that if you throw a rock there, you'll hit some skater/punk kid or a hippy.

Others claim that Austin holds the crown while for "bohemia, USA" still others say San Fransisco was and always will be tops. What say ya'll?

Ohh, and spare me, SPARE ME the mention of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I live close to NYC and go there allot, and I can tell you Williamsburg's idea of an "artist" is a graphic designer for the GAP who listens to Fall Out Boy and thinks he is being edgy by wearing white after labor day. Also, there are only maybe three places there to hear a band and if there is a band playing, you can bet it's some pop"punk" Emo crap.

Thanks to Chairman Rudy, NYC is for yuppies and "Sex and the City" wannabess only.
None..go to Barcelona
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