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Old 11-01-2019, 10:49 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Interesting. It is true that a place is "hipster" before it is universally acclaimed as such. By the time it is publicly known that a place is "in," it is usually overran by the "yuppie" and "commercial branding" set. A prime example is Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Back in the late 90s/early 2000s, it was such a hipster spot due to low rent, incredible loft/warehouse space for cheap, artist haven, and proximity to Manhattan. It was a gritty, mostly undesirable neighborhood back then.

Now, forget it. One of NYC's most expensive neighborhoods, and now has become a brand, in and of itself.

I would say in Tennessee, the city that is under the radar still and attracts artists, creativity, and has incredible culture, is Memphis. This is changing, as development and redevelopment has been gaining more and more steam over the last 5 years, but there are still somewhat gritty parts of the city, and rent is mostly still very low and cheap. There is a cultural, artistic, soulful & spiritual vibe still in Memphis, and a feeling that it has not yet been discovered, in some areas. It still has that sort of magic to it.

It's what Nashville had back in its early days, the 80s/90s. Today it's blown up and has gone from hipsterville to trendyville. And expensive to boot.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon is by far the most hipster city in the state. Bend is also pretty hipster, but also has a lot of cowboys.

My wife says Portland, but I don't buy it.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Interesting. It is true that a place is "hipster" before it is universally acclaimed as such. By the time it is publicly known that a place is "in," it is usually overran by the "yuppie" and "commercial branding" set. A prime example is Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Back in the late 90s/early 2000s, it was such a hipster spot due to low rent, incredible loft/warehouse space for cheap, artist haven, and proximity to Manhattan. It was a gritty, mostly undesirable neighborhood back then.

Now, forget it. One of NYC's most expensive neighborhoods, and now has become a brand, in and of itself.

I would say in Tennessee, the city that is under the radar still and attracts artists, creativity, and has incredible culture, is Memphis. This is changing, as development and redevelopment has been gaining more and more steam over the last 5 years, but there are still somewhat gritty parts of the city, and rent is mostly still very low and cheap. There is a cultural, artistic, soulful & spiritual vibe still in Memphis, and a feeling that it has not yet been discovered, in some areas. It still has that sort of magic to it.

It's what Nashville had back in its early days, the 80s/90s. Today it's blown up and has gone from hipsterville to trendyville. And expensive to boot.
Yes, no doubt there are many types of hipster. True hipster tends to be an up and coming gentrifying neighborhood, as opposed to the pseudo touristy Instagram worthy established neighborhoods. These can still be hipster in my eyes, but to your point, it's more yuppie/hipster (which I would define myself as, I'm a bit turned off by the grungy/not yet there aesthetic to some of the up and comer areas)
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston (Formerly Orlando and New York)
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Cambridge or anywhere in Western Mass near Amherst is pretty hipstery.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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San Diego and San Francisco.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:23 PM
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Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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Tacoma seems to be where it's at in Washington these days. South Seattle, too.

Our anti-hipster city, in the sense of an urban area with a lot of young people that nevertheless lacks much visible counterculture (real or manufactured), would be Bellevue.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:23 PM
 
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Northampton (or “NoHo”, as I’ve heard it called. *shudders*)

For clarity: I love the city. I just hate the nickname.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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I just watched a video on most hipster cities in each state. Some of the answers were obvious but others a bit surprising. Like the North Carolina answer being Carrboro instead of Ashville and the NJ guy just flat out saying there are no hipsters. Here's the link https://youtu.be/M__48gtEWng
Austin i would assume
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:13 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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San Diego and San Francisco.
Don’t know about SD, but SF’s hipster days are long gone, largely because the tech thing has made housing in the city so insanely expensive. The young people in nearby Berkeley seem mostly UC students aiming to make money in tech, law, finance, medicine, etc. The hipsters and such seem there, but nothing like a generation ago. I think Bay Area hipsterdom is probably in Oakland now, though I understand it is also getting pricey.

I don’t get to SoCal much, so cannot say what the hip neighborhoods are in LA or SD.
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:26 PM
 
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Interesting. It is true that a place is "hipster" before it is universally acclaimed as such. By the time it is publicly known that a place is "in," it is usually overran by the "yuppie" and "commercial branding" set. A prime example is Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Back in the late 90s/early 2000s, it was such a hipster spot due to low rent, incredible loft/warehouse space for cheap, artist haven, and proximity to Manhattan. It was a gritty, mostly undesirable neighborhood back then.

Now, forget it. One of NYC's most expensive neighborhoods, and now has become a brand, in and of itself.

I would say in Tennessee, the city that is under the radar still and attracts artists, creativity, and has incredible culture, is Memphis. This is changing, as development and redevelopment has been gaining more and more steam over the last 5 years, but there are still somewhat gritty parts of the city, and rent is mostly still very low and cheap. There is a cultural, artistic, soulful & spiritual vibe still in Memphis, and a feeling that it has not yet been discovered, in some areas. It still has that sort of magic to it.

It's what Nashville had back in its early days, the 80s/90s. Today it's blown up and has gone from hipsterville to trendyville. And expensive to boot.
Yeah, Bushwick and Ridgewood are where you find the true hipster vibe. The fact that outsiders know about Williamsburg means its done.
Though, Bushwick does get a lot of tourists.
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