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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.

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

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.

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