Poise in the Hood

The last thing a hipster wants is to be labeled as such, but Forbes has done just that. In it's September issue, the magazine ranked the Top 20 of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods, placing San Diego's North Park at Number 13.

"This recognition as a hip neighborhood means that this community appreciates the finer things that life has to offer," says Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street, the neighborhood's business improvement district.

To establish its rankings, Forbes enlisted the help of social media site Nextdoor.com, which assessed 250 U.S. neighborhoods according to criteria including:

Walkability
Number of coffee shops per capita
Assortment of local food trucks
Number and frequency of farmers markets
Number of locally owned bars and restaurants
Percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations

"Culturally diverse North Park is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques and the North Park Farmers Market," the article states. "The North Park Theater and the Ray Street Arts District are also bastions of creativity in the area."

Landsberg isn't surprised the area received such recognition. "North Park has attracted businesses, residents and visitors who are just plain friendly," she says. "The fact that they are hipster-friendly is just a bonus."

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