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.
Back in November, we lauded the wonders of Baltimore Bike Party. Bike Party has become the largest group ride on the East Coast since its inception in early 2012. The final Friday of each month, bikers come out to the Washington Monument to go for a 10 to 15 mile spin around the city with hundreds of their closest friends. A common theme, beyond bicycles, units them all, and varies month to month. This Friday, the theme is “Hipsters Vs. Lumberjacks.”
Two days ago, we posted about Baltimore’s ranking as the third worst-dressed city in the United States in a Travel + Leisure reader’s poll. Of course, my instinct off the bat is to politely disagree. But, man, when I saw the reasons cited by one judgmental Baltimore resident — our city’s hipsters (who, according to her, “dumpster dive” their clothes) and Hons — I was all “Whaaa?”
Hipster-bashing is becoming an unfortunate national pastime, and Baltimore engages in its share. But you know Baltimore’s art scene — the one everyone here is so proud of? I hate to tell you this, but there are a lot of kids with weird hair cuts, tight jeans, and cut-up tank tops partially responsible for that. And as far as Hons go — where outside of Honfest do you regularly see anyone in a beehive, even in Hampden?