Are Hipsters Saving The World?

Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.

– Urban Dictionary

Saving the world might be taking it one step too far, but what about saving cities?

On a recent episode of Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” Author/Foodie Anthony Bourdain visited Tijuana, Mexico and discovered that the once popular spot for drunk frat boys in the ’90s which dried up after September 11th is once again cool; Mostly because of Hipsters. The flannel wearing 20-somethings have transformed the dangerous Mexican town into an artisan hotspot with live music, overflowing tequila bars and upscale dining. Seeing this made me turn to my T.V. compadre, Noah, and ask, “are hipsters saving that place?” Saying it out loud made me realize that the same thing has happened right here in Louisville, in NuLu.

The East Market Street District once occupied by bourbon stockyards, meat purveyors, and eventually the Wayside Mission is in a cultural renovation that is constantly updating itself with new eateries and shops that’s bringing life back to the once falling apart area. It seems like every time I take a stroll through NuLu I notice that a new spot has opened. My newest favorite being La Coop, a french bistro that has fantastic lunches for under $10.

“Why do Hipsters hate rivers? They’re too mainstream.”

By definition, Hipsters like going to places that not everyone knows about yet. It’s cool to be the only one out of your friend group that knows about the new place to go.

“You mean you haven’t even heard of Please and Thank You? It’s the only place I’ll buy my vinyl.”

While this is an annoying trait when trying to hold a conversation with one, it’s a great trait when supporting a community. They buy local, eat local, drink local and support local artists.

Now, Hipsters aren’t responsible for renovating NuLu, but some of them are responsible for keeping it alive. So the next time that guy with a handlebar mustache riding his fixed gear bicycle passes you on Market, try thanking him instead of yelling at him to stay in the bike lane (but really, stay in the damn bike lane).

Chris Humphreys can be found drinking at Hipster bars wearing plaid western shirts but will deny it if you accuse him of being a Hipster.

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