Now we know that Hipster can mean many many things, but is it a compliment or a jab when Forbes Magazine calls our own Lower Highlands one of the best Hipster Neighborhoods in America.
I guess it’s better than being on the list of the Worst Hipster Neighborhoods.
But seriously, does having the best foodie restaurant spots (I definitely call myself a foodie, make fun of me all you want) make an area hipster. Apparently it can include the high concentration of coffee shops (which is better than real estate offices, I mean we even know that).
Forbe’s list of what qualifies as a hipster neighborhood seems to include the ability to ” roll out of bed and pick up a cup of single-origin java from a coffee shop on your corner” or “foraging for organic veggies at a farmers market and watching the latest hot indie band play on a small stage”.
Good food, good music, and a farmers market… sign me up.
We love LoHi as a favorite Denver neighborhood to live in and while I love the new restaurants opening up almost weekly here there is a small part of me that wishes it was still a secret. But isn’t that the nature of growing neighborhoods. But it’s not just about the food. LoHi is beloved because of it’s cool growing art scene, modern architecture and more. We love it, but do we want to share it.
Austin (which also made the list) addressed the issue this year with a t-shirt that has been selling like crazy. It reflects the local’s view of their great “hipster” neighborhood.
Which I think a number of our friends and neighbors in LoHi can empathize with.
Here is the Urban Dictionary definition of “Hipster“…
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The “effortless cool” urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities.
Is it a compliment or a slam… You tell us. Forbes Magazine lists our own LoHi Neighborhood as number 17 in their list of America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods. Here’s the top 20
- Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
- Mission district, San Francisco, CA
- Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
- Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
- Pearl District, Portland, OR
- H Street Corridor, Washington DC
- East Austin, Austin, TX
- Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
- The Uptown, Oakland, CA
- Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA
- Downtown Portland, Portland, ME
- North Loop, Minneapolis, MN
- North Park, San Diego, CA
- Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
- Hampden, Baltimore, MD
- Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA
- LoHi, Denver, CO
- Allston-Brighton, Boston, MA
- Wynwood, Miami, FL
- Lower Westheimer, Houston, Texas
To learn more about why we love LoHi (hipster or not) and our reasons why contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.