The weirdest thing happened the other day. The piece I wrote about what the next hipster cities will be was read by more than 45 people and my mother. In fact, in some of the towns I mentioned in the post, the article got passed around like a cheerleader in a frat house (sorry to any of you who were cheerleaders. I’m not sorry if you were in a frat).
The article predicts that Chattanooga, Tennessee, Asheville, North Carolina, Burlington, Vermont, Detroit, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richmond, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland will be the next hipster cities.
My article did not sit well with everyone and even prompted a few humorous articles in Detroit in where I’m lambasted for making fun of a city I’ve never been to (it’s true…though like the hipsters I mentioned in the post, I would love to go to Detroit to see all the delicious ruin porn). One article titled “Dear People Who Don’t Know Anything About Detroit, Your Jokes Are Dumb“, I particularly liked. Even Curbed Detroit jumped into the debate.
Mental Floss was sweet enough to pick up the story, where I can honestly say that had the least hateful and most articulate commenters I’ve ever seen (thank you for not making me feel like crap).
I think the dude who wrote “The Rise of the Creative Class” tweeted about it, and so did some urban planners, which is weird considering I typically have no idea what the hell I’m talking about.
What do you think? Do you think I forgot any up-and-coming cities? Some people have suggested Colombus, Ohio, Denton, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, San Luis Obispo, California, Flagstaff, Arizona and Decatur, Georgia.
Or if you agree with my choices, vote for your favorite new hipster city on CultureMap’s “The New Hipster City” poll. So far Chattanooga is in the lead.
And if you’re tired of talking about or hearing about hipsters, I’m sorry.