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Monday, September 24, 2012


COMPILATION OF COOL—If you can trust establishment magazines to pick what’s hip here’s the current roster of top neighborhoods with eclectic energy according to Forbes Magazine online.  Forbes teamed with to make its compilation of cool.  They also collected great photos.   This blog’s own North Park neighborhood was mentioned and an image is posted above (Forbes’ North Park photo is at least 10 years old, but North Park is even more hip and being mentioned is frankly a big kick given the rest of the national list.  New North Park photo (lower) is posted for comparison.  Nice job by Forbes/

For the mag’s roster view it yourself at:

Says Forbes in its online feature:
 “… helped us dig through data on more than 250 neighborhoods in the biggest U.S. cities. We assessed each area’s walkability according to; the number of neighborhood coffee shops per capita (with a little help from NPD Group’s report); the assortment of local food trucks (and their ranking according to Zagat’s); the number and frequency of farmers markets; the number of locally owned bars and restaurants; and the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations. We also factored in Nextdoor's Neighborhood Hipness Index, which is based on how often words associated with hipness appeared on each Nextdoor neighborhood’s site pages, and Nextdoor conducted a survey in which members sounded off on their communities…”

Forbes List without rankings
--North Park, a Mid-City neighborhood in San Diego, CA.
--H Street Corridor, Washington DC
--Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
--Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
--Pearl District, Portland, OR
--LoHi, Denver, CO
--Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, NY
--East Austin, Austin, TX
--Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
--The Uptown, Oakland, CA
--Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA
--Downtown, Portland, ME
--North Loop, Minneapolis, MN
--North Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
--Hampden, Baltimore, MD
--Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA
--Allston-Brighton, Boston, MA
--Mission District, San Francisco, CA
--Wynwood, Miami, FL
--Lower Westheimere, Houston, TX

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