A hipster neighborhood may have hip restaurants, but hip restaurants do not a hipster neighborhood make. And when Forbes recently included Lower Highland in its list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods," the party as already over, one reader suggests:
HOLY SHIT IT'S A GUY ON A BIKE BUT HE'S NOT INVOLVED IN A BIKE RACE! CALL THE HIPSTER POLICE!!!
Someone please adequately define hipster for us and then we can actual begin to figure out where 'they' are. From the Forbes article:
"Merriam-Webster somewhat vaguely defines a "hipster" as "a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.""
So based on this, a hipster is anyone in Denver who doesn't like texmex.
If anyone actually read the Forbes article, Forbes judged 'hipness' based on coffee shops, locally owned businesses, farmers markets, and walkability. Beyond those metrics, to put Lower Highland and Williamsburg or Silver Lake (and let's be real, Silver Lake is so yesterday, it's all about Echo Park now) in the same article is complete poppycock.
If hipsters are anywhere in this city, and I think they are, I'd focus more on River North, South Broadway, West City Park, and Cap Hill. The fact of the matter is that Lower Highland is simply too old, too established, and too expensive to cater to the PBR crowd.
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What do you consider Denver's hippest hipster neighborhood today? And if you're a LoHi business, the LoHi Merchant meeting runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Little Man Ice Cream.