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View Poll Results: Where is Hipster Central?
Asheville NC 3 3.90%
Portland OR 45 58.44%
Austin Texas 3 3.90%
Williamsburg (Brooklyn) 18 23.38%
Other 8 10.39%
Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-04-2016, 02:25 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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So what is the hipster capital of the US, at least among well-known cities? Where would you live if that life-style was your be-all and end-all? Or conversely, which of these cities would you avoid if the thought of living among coffee shops with free alternative newspapers, grown men on skate boards, organic food festivals, and dark bars serving craft beer to audiences listening to unknown alt rock bands, makes your skin crawl?

(And don't get too hung up on a precise definition of hipsters either. We all have a general notion of what that means.)

Portland, Asheville, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and Austin come to mind for me. Other large (ish) cities that might be the epitome of hip?
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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So what is the hipster capital of the US, at least among well-known cities? Where would you live if that life-style was your be-all and end-all? Or conversely, which of these cities would you avoid if the thought of living among coffee shops with free alternative newspapers, grown men on skate boards, organic food festivals, and dark bars serving craft beer to audiences listening to unknown alt rock bands, makes your skin crawl?

(And don't get too hung up on a precise definition of hipsters either. We all have a general notion of what that means.)

Portland, Asheville, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and Austin come to mind for me. Other large (ish) cities that might be the epitome of hip?
That sounds like my version of hell minus the craft beer part. That's kind of how I picture Portland, Oregon.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I think Austin is a bit more diverse to be lumped with these three.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I see you're from NYC

Don't you think Williamsburg has gotten way less hipster in recent years? Rents are continuing to climb to Manhattan-level prices (especially around the Bedford L) and it is becoming very corporate as many chains are moving in there (including a whole foods and Apple Store very recently). Not to mention that it is getting a lot of national and international attention, making it too mainstream for hipsters, lol.

I would argue that Bushwick is the new hipster capital of Brooklyn now.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:33 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I see you're from NYC

Don't you think Williamsburg has gotten way less hipster in recent years? Rents are continuing to climb to Manhattan-level prices around the Bedford L and many chains are moving in there (including a whole foods and Apple Store very recently)

I would argue that Bushwick is the new hipster capital of Brooklyn now.
Yeah, you make a good point in that Bushwick is attracting a more hipsterish crowd now because it's more affordable. But I listed Williamsburg because the name and rep is more nationally well-known.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:38 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Portland, Austin, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco.
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:03 PM
 
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Austin gets my vote.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:25 PM
 
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Your list is pointless without Oakland on it

ETA: Oh, yeah, and Boulder too
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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asheville has a hippie drum circle every friday night. something weird and crazy is happening in asheville all the time, and it is funny if you look at it the right way. it makes for good conversation

i'd have Burlington Vermont, Chapel Hill, Berkeley, Seattle, and others on there.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:51 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Your list is pointless without Oakland on it

ETA: Oh, yeah, and Boulder too
I've never visited Boulder, but I've been in Bay Area a lot recently. San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland all strike me as places that definitely have some degree of hipster vibe, along with some actual hipsters. But the area is now too expensive to attract very many new ones, unless they're the tech variety. Especially in San Francisco. Folks there also complain about a swift rise in Oakland rents and home prices. So it seems that the hipster pipeline just isn't being replenished in the Bay Area. Sort of the same argument made above about Williamsburg.

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