We all know that truly cool people don’t rely on website lists to tell them what’s hip. But the rest of us might be interested to hear that Thrillist has decided that Hampden is one of the 12 coolest neighborhoods in America.
Thrillist is clearly relying on a hipster-ish definition of “coolest”; their other picks include New York’s Bushwick, San Francisco’s Mission, and Chicago’s Wicker Park. Here’s what they have to say about Hampden:
Although made famous by John Waters’ movies like Hairspray, Hampden still defines itself by blue-collar roots. The once working-class mill town today can only be described as an eccentric neighborhood thick with Bawlmer pride, most obvious on 36th Street, aka “The Avenue.” This area comes alive during HonFest, a festival where local ladies tease their hair into beehives, don cat-eye glasses, and rock leopard-heavy outfits to vie for the title of Miss Hon. Hampdenfest is just as oddball, featuring local food, drink, music and art, as well as the infamous Charm City Beard & Moustache Championships.
Clearly, no one told them that Station North is really where it’s at these days.
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