I was reading hipstercrite‘s blog about the new Hipster Cities, now that the reigning hipsters of Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland are getting older and young hipsters need a place to flock, and discovered what I’d been guessing at: Richmond is starting to make a name for itself on the Hipster Map. While her blog lists my city as a Runner-Up (we’re not quite as cool as Asheville or Chatanooga yet), The Rumpus also listed us as one of the most inhabitable cities for Post-Grad Hipsters.
It makes sense. Walk around VCU for a bit, and you’ll see plenty of mustaches, skinny jeans, flannel, and Buddy Holly glasses on the art student population meandering about on bicycles. We have a Folk Festival every Fall, and while our live music selection is pretty slim (especially compared to cities like Nashville, Asheville, and Austin), we get good bands and can always drive the hour and a half to DC to catch the bigger shows (but what hipster wants those anyway!).
The cobblestone streets downtown that line one of our venues, and the Flood Wall towering over Shockoe Bottom give the city an authentic, dirty, OLD vibe, which is partly thanks to the enrichment of history engrained within those same cobblestones.
Then there’s Carytown, a shopping street filled with high end thrift stores, mustache gifts, street performers, and the only Record Store left in the city.
All this time I’ve been wanting to leave Richmond for a more hipsterific city, and I find out Richmond is on the verge of becoming a notable one. Talk about irony.