ST. PAUL (Nov. 21, 2013) — Mayor Chris Coleman and local hipsters today reacted to Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood’s new designation as America’s top hipster zip code. It was established by RealtyTrac, which analyzes hipster markets.
The study notes that, “While the precise definition of hipsters is elusive —which is likely just how they want it — there’s no doubt the culture surrounding the hipster lifestyle has a major impact on local real estate markets, and mostly in a positive way.”
“I couldn’t be more proud that our efforts to create a cool, but not too outwardly cool, vibrant but not too showy, and modern but also retro-feeling culture in our Lowertown area has really worked,” Coleman said. “I might even buy some oversized chunky eye glasses and a fixed-gear bike.”
“That’s old news, my friends and I knew that way back in like 2011,” said Jamie Hipster while perusing a rack of sized 28 x 29 jeans at the Black/Blue shop in neighboring Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can really say,” said St. Paul’s Director of Hipster Recruitment, Joe Spencer, who promptly cracked open a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon to celebrate the distinction.
However, with light rail soon to open, the growing popularity of restaurants like the Bulldog, Barrio, and Buttered Tin, and the new Lowertown ballpark and refurbished Union Depot, Lowertown business owners and residents expect to attract normal, everyday people, too.