Todays post is stolen from austin.culturemap.com. I hope you enjoy 🙂
The new hipster cities of America: Who’s emerging as the “next Austin”?
By Lauren Modery
02.21.12 | 06:30 pm
Sometimes it feels like there is no place more hipster-plentiful than Austin, Texas. The city has become the poster child of what young creatives and entrepreneurs are discharging into this world. When you look up the word ‘Austin’ in the thesaurus, the words, ‘old-timey facial hair,’ ‘your grandmother’s eyewear,’ ‘college degree in food carting,’ ‘bee hive hoarding’ and ‘Which Wich eating’ appear. It’s true that there is no escaping the fauxhemian gorilla-whale that is running amok in our city.
But are other cities unscathed by the beast? Smaller, up-and-coming cities that are like how Austin was before ‘we’ showed up? Cities that hipsters can flock to now that other, older hipsters have crimped their style of being on the forefront of a burgeoning scene? The answer is yes.
Forget Austin, forget Brooklyn, forget Portland, forget Silver Lake. What are the cities on the verge of hipsterfication right now?
Chattanooga has been wooing the panties off the popular urbanite mag, GOOD Magazine, with tales of their new city-wide typeface and ‘super green’ VW plant. According to the online magazine, the city’s new font, Chatype, was born from the coffee shop meeting of a brand consultant and typeface designer. The duo brainstormed about what it would be like for Chattanooga to be the most conceptually awesome city in America and — poof — Chatype was born.
GOOD also commended VW’s new Chattanooga plant that turns paint waste into cement instead heading into landfills. To add to Chattanooga’s green-like behavior, the city implemented human-race-eliminating ‘smart lights’ — LED streetlights that can respond to different environments and situations. These streetlights are controlled by the city’s new fiber optic high-speed Internet that is also helping lure fleets of businesses and nerdies into this scenic Tennessee town. In addition to showing America it’s the baddest mo-fo city around, Chattanooga was named one of NY Times 45 Places to Visit in the United States, along with its sister city, Space.
And then it lists a few other cities, obviously they don’t matter at all haha. I love my hippie, hipster, up and coming city.