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Silver Lake is America's #1 Hipster Neighborhood, says Forbes

The venerable business magazine completely overlooked Echo Park, Los Feliz and Highland Park.

The news is already burning up the Internet.

Old-school business magazine Forbes picked Silver Lake as America's best hipster neighborhood.

See full article and rankings here.

And, yes, we remain troubled by the over- and misuse of the hipster appellation.

But we'll take it this time, and know that it extends to other contiguous and overlooked nabes like Echo Park and Los Feliz.

In the survey, San Francisco's Mission District and Brooklyn's Williamsburg are next in line, with Chicago's Wicker Park and Portland's Pearl District rounding out the top 5.

Nextdoor.com, a neighborhood social network, compiled the rankings for Forbes, analyzing data including:

  • walkability scores
  • the number of nearby food trucks and farmers markets
  • the number of coffee shops
  • the number of locally owned bars and restaurants
  • the number of people who work in artistic jobs like artist, musician, designer, barista.

Silver Lake has become a bit of brand onto itself.

As one Patch reader noted, even the New York Times felt no need to gloss "Silver Lake" in a recent article, assuming national audiences knew where and what it was.

Michael White September 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Make sure you go see the Little Hipsters Show at Platform in Highland Park. Lots of Silver Lake, Highland Park and Echo Park Hipsters Represented. Here's the LAist article: http://laist.com/2012/09/05/little_hipsters_of_los_angeles.php
Anthea Raymond (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 03:35 AM
@I had seen Dave Fonseca's stuff about it on HP Patch. Will do. AR

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