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Greater Boston no hipster heaven, apparently

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis July 27, 2012 05:00 AM

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I recently poked fun at Coldwell Banker for making Brookline No. 6 on the ten hippest places to live in the country.

Quite a few agreed, with some arguing that, with the exception of an oasis here or there in the South End and the like, we are just not very hip at all here in the Boston area.

Frankly, I'm heartbroken, having harbored delusions about Greater Boston's hipness for decades now. Just kidding, I could care less - the less hip the better, as far as I am concerned.

Here's what the rest of you had to say on the subject - it's great stuff.

gcbma wrote:

Brookline is more desirable than most of Cambridge, and absolutely more desirable than any part of Somerville. None of them are "hip." Somerville is a run-down eyesore where college kids or recent grads go to live merely because they can afford to and only if they live near the Cambridge/Somerville border can walk/bike/subway to Cambridge. The closest area that Boston has that could be considered even remotely hip may be a narrow strip of the South End with the bars and restaurants, and even that is a stretch.

Bynxers wrote:

Brookline, hip?


When my painfully hipster brother visited from Brooklyn, it was not on his list.

What was on his list? Somerville, Cambridge, JP and South Boston. Using he and his dorky thick glasses as a barometer- those places are the capitols of cool locally.

Salem was as well- apparently has a churnig underbelly of hipster action we are all unaware of...

chris119 wrote:

Does Brookline have food trucks? Because I'm not sure if you can be considered "hip" without them!

thisisdumb09 wrote:

Brookline isn't hip. It's where pretentious yuppies go to reproduce and strut about self-importantly with their $1,000 designer strollers.

That's the antithesis of hip.

Kinopio wrote:

I live in Brookline and the only places I go out to are The Publick House and Coolidge Corner Theater(both are great places). Brookline is a nice place to live but there is little nightlife.

sabagup wrote:

Sounds more like they are describing Allston. There is no youthful (under 40) night life in Brookline police would not allow it. Brookline is more a place for families because the schools are so good.. there were some funky stores but they closed.

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