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Old 01-03-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Lol really when did Beverly Hills stop being trendy . Isn't Beverly Hills in LA ?
That's not really the type of trendy this thread is referring too.... More Portlandia, less Real Housewives.

I agree LA is poised to become more trendy, but won't have the biggest growth in "trendiness". Like it was said before, Echo Park, Silverlake, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Hollywood are all pretty trendy and have been for about 10 years (some longer).

I hope the correct answer to this thread is Detroit. It would be great for that city to get some positive momentum. It has a pretty cool skyline, some great urban neighborhoods, it just needs better PT for it to really achieve "hipness".

I had some friends move to Pittsburgh last year, they liked it alright (they had just moved from Boston, so it was a bit of a downgrade in their opinions), but part of their lukewarmness may have had more to do with a bad personal experience there.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Doesn't Detroit want to shrink the city? Can't import a bunch of trendy types if there's nowhere to live!
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Doesn't Detroit want to shrink the city? Can't import a bunch of trendy types if there's nowhere to live!
What? I'm gonna guess that if a city lost half its population in the last few decades that there are plenty of places to live in - the ones that are not beyond repair at least.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:48 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Kansas City, Portland Maine, Boise, Albuquerque... all those seem more likely.
That's a pretty good list

Kansas City: I seem to be under the impression that artists are flocking and thriving here, is that true? I've read about the new power and light district and nightlife downtown, seems to be making good strides.

Portland, Maine: The other Portland; the small wonder. It's eclectic enough, very cute town. It's just small, wonder if this city would ever really grow, you know the way cities actually grow. It's been spending 5 decades or more trying to crest 70,000. Portsmouth down the road has just as much to do with a very similar ambiance at about half the size. I'd say Providence has more potential and is better located. But yes there is already a fairly sizable hipster population there, but in the next decade it’s hard to forecast it growing any bigger.

Boise, ID: Good call. Boise is poised for population and economic growth, a good downtown, could attract the ski bunnies and dudes (Sun Valley on weekends), and attract the kind of hipsters drawn to Seattle, Portland (or Denver) minus all the homeless people.

Albuquerque: Yes definitely. This city wasn't on my radar 2 years ago and now I'll be moving there in two months. The retro route 66 kitsch and trendy collegiate vibe of Nob Hill, the romantic and historic Spanish vibe of Old Town, a very remarkable art museum for a city of its size and visible artistry/murals all over the city along with being an hour from Santa Fe which is already a well known art capital. Poised for population gain and economic growth, currently has lower unemployment than most Western cities and well below the national average, this is the West's next boomtown. Downtown needs work, it's already in progress, an influx of hipsters would easily bring it up further.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Sorry cap - I don't see P'burgh making the A-list. Not that it's not a good candidate - I just know it's been named the top this and that since the 80s, and it still hasn't made it over the hump. Witness: their population continues to be in serious decline:

1950 676,806 (+0.8%)
1960 604,332 (−10.7%)
1970 520,117 (−13.9%)
1980 423,938 (−18.5%)
1990 369,879 (−12.8%)
2000 334,563 (−9.5%)
2010 305,704 (−8.6%)

Pittsburgh has to address its population free fall first.

In the case of Seattle and Austin, they were in growth mode and the media simply caught up after the fact - as it always does. The trick is to ID the cities already attracting hipsters that are off the media radar. Asheville? Portland ME? St Paul? Columbus? Tucson?
Dang! Yeah you have a point. Pittsburgh is just one of those cities that you want to root for. It looks different than other cities, beautiful city with its hilly and three river setting, tradmark bridges, architecture and skyline, and with its efforts in making a comeback just seems like it should be further along and better than where it's currently or will be at.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I kind of think small and mid-sized cities are going to be the next step. Boise, Missoula, Duluth, Des Moines, Iowa City, Madison, Columbus, Burlington, Portland (Maine). Or maybe that will be the step after some more bigger cities. Detroit makes some sense to me, as do Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Minneapolis is pretty much there already.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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It isnt huge, but Silver Spring is getting hip.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Yuma, Arizona.

Just kidding. I just want to say: don't get so hung up on declining populations (like in Pittsburgh's case).

The fact is that every city has some people leaving and some people coming in. The question, then, is who is coming in? In Pittsburgh's case, the answer is hipsters. I have seen it with my own eyes.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Yuma, Arizona.

Just kidding.
Hipster trailer parks? LOL


Trailer Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfphotocraft/1912820656/ - broken link) by sfPhotocraft (http://www.flickr.com/people/sfphotocraft/ - broken link), on Flickr


trash (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddboy/158420560/ - broken link) by oddsxends (http://www.flickr.com/people/oddboy/ - broken link), on Flickr


Trailer Park Glam (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gharness/4944147796/ - broken link) by gharness (http://www.flickr.com/people/gharness/ - broken link), on Flickr

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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Hipster trailer parks? LOL


Trailer Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfphotocraft/1912820656/ - broken link) by sfPhotocraft (http://www.flickr.com/people/sfphotocraft/ - broken link), on Flickr
perfectly ironic!
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