Friday Funny: Hipster Havens in All 50 States
The field of hipster anthropology remains, like its subject matter, in its infancy. Or, maybe, its adolescence. Locating hipsters and their neighborhoods requires a keen eye, especially when they are being observed by outsiders who cannot tell is a cardigan is vintage or merely old. Or if a mustache is an accessory or merely a mustache.
Nonetheless, hipsters are everywhere. They are not necessarily in our midst, but they are often a few blocks over. The rise of hipster enclaves is, in many ways, one of the truly distinctive phenomena of American urbanism in the 21st century, with distinct neighborhoods rising—and often gentrifying—to fit the lifestyles of young, carefree adults who live simultaneously with purpose and irony. Some of the telltale signs: independent bookstores, pinball arcades, mason jars, craft beer, and, of course, enough artisanal coffee bars to fuel an invasion of Lichtenstein. (Other signs can include displacement and tensions between newcomers and old timers.)
Based on these criteria, Thrillist has assembled its list of the top hipster neighborhoods in every state. Now, next time you're in Little Rock, Wilmington, Wichita, or Cleveland, you can make a beeline to—or steer clear of—Argenta, Trolley Square, Delano, and Tremont. Just be sure to order your coffee black.