OPINION: “THE NEW HIPSTER CITIES OF AMERICA: WHO’S EMERGING AS THE NEXT ‘AUSTIN’?”
As SXSW soon approaches we’d like share an article from self-proclaimed hipster capital of the United States who boasts,
There is no place more hipster-plentiful than Austin, Texas.
The article highlights various US cities that are on the horizon for “being the ‘new’ Austin, TX.”
Among other cities profiled—Chattanooga, TN, Asheville, NC, Burlington, VT, Richmond, VA—Detroit, MI, also makes the list.
This is what CultureMap Austin has to say on Detroit:
What do young and creative urbanites love most in this world? Being on the forefront of a scene — what better place to do that than Detroit, Michigan, a city that’s slowly bootstrapping itself up from the PITS OF HADES. Within cities that have lost everything, hipsters favorite second thing in this world emerges — ruin porn. Add a frosting layer of adaptive reuse and you got yourself one sweet hipster cupcake.
This city has become a newspaper darling with stories of young artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs taking advantage of Detroit’s low cost of living and real estate. The NY Times compares Detroit’s rebirth (more like slow expulsion from the womb) to Berlin’s rise and fall (and rise again) in the 1990s, and the LA Times insinuates that if up-and-coming artists want to be seen, Detroit is where it’s at. Artists have been taking over abandoned warehouse spaces or homes and building them into studios or public art pieces — Detroit is the place to go if you’re looking for street cred you really don’t deserve.
What do you think? Click to vote HERE on which city you think is the next rising hipster hot spot.
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