Reader: Lower Highland is too established to attract the hipster, PBR crowd

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The Forbes view of LoHi, from Linger.
A hipster neighborhood may have hip restaurants, but hip restaurants do not a hipster neighborhood make. And when Forbes recently included Lower Highland in its list of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods," the party as already over, one reader suggests:

Says thespot84:


HOLY SHIT IT'S A GUY ON A BIKE BUT HE'S NOT INVOLVED IN A BIKE RACE! CALL THE HIPSTER POLICE!!!

Someone please adequately define hipster for us and then we can actual begin to figure out where 'they' are. From the Forbes article:

"Merriam-Webster somewhat vaguely defines a "hipster" as "a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.""

So based on this, a hipster is anyone in Denver who doesn't like texmex.

If anyone actually read the Forbes article, Forbes judged 'hipness' based on coffee shops, locally owned businesses, farmers markets, and walkability. Beyond those metrics, to put Lower Highland and Williamsburg or Silver Lake (and let's be real, Silver Lake is so yesterday, it's all about Echo Park now) in the same article is complete poppycock.

If hipsters are anywhere in this city, and I think they are, I'd focus more on River North, South Broadway, West City Park, and Cap Hill. The fact of the matter is that Lower Highland is simply too old, too established, and too expensive to cater to the PBR crowd.

What do you consider Denver's hippest hipster neighborhood today? And if you're a LoHi business, the LoHi Merchant meeting runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Little Man Ice Cream.


Location Info

Linger

2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Little Man Ice Cream

2620 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
Philo99
Philo99

Too old and established? Just 5 years ago those street corners were filled with gangs and crack dealers.

 

Anyone that has lived in the nieghborhood for more than a few years is selling their house as fast as they can. They are grabbing the quick cash and running for the hills as the nieghborhood is over-run with 4 story condos, hipster bars, and pay parking lots. I don't know when the neighborhood could have been termed "established" but it's already jumped the shark.

david.m.roth
david.m.roth

I agree with TheSpot.  I think there are too many people that read this blog with intentions of only being a hater.  Lower Highland (God-Forbid I say the word "LoHi"... whoops I just did), is anything but Hipster.  In fact, a Hipster would likely refuse to go to Little Man as they would likely claim that the Ice Cream was better when only they knew about it or that Linger was more fun when it was a mortuary.  The expansion of Lower Highland is great and southern food is a great addition.  I stick by my argument that we need some form of fast casual in the neighborhood, but if I have to settle for fried chicken in the meantime, I'll live. 

david.m.roth
david.m.roth

 @Philo99

 Please name these so-called "Hipster Bars" that you are referencing.  I can't think of one.  Maybe the entire argument is that the term Hipster is commonly misunderstood.  Its kind of like people using the saying "I could've cared less" when they should've said "I couldn't have cared less". 

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