Hanging with a hipster-ish crowd
It’s worth reading today’s Atlantic Cities post on Bottletree (above) and the effect its had both on the local music scene, and on its local Avondale neighborhood just east of downtown. In keeping with our recent theme, this is yet another example of why the arts are vital to the City’s development.
And after a steady stream of corruption and bankruptcy articles, it’s nice to see such a positive story in the national press. Thanks Bottletree for all you do for this community!
[thanks to Bradley Nash Burgess for the hipster-ish pic]
At 3 AM it's hard to resist
Birmingham’s Design Review Committee approved a new urban storefront Waffle House in Five Points South, in the Studio Arts Building facing the traffic circle. [Strictly prohibited by the committee was any additional signage/posters beyond the main illuminated “Waffle House” sign above the storefront.] Also approved was exterior projecting signage for El Barrio, the long-anticipated latin-inspired restaurant in the 2200 block of 2nd Avenue North.
One is a national greasy spoon chain open 24/7; the other should prove to be a hotspot for foodies and hipster-ish urbanites. A vibrant city center caters to all tastes, so we welcome the opening of both of these restaurants in the upcoming few months! Dig in.
[thanks to taopauly for the scrumptious WH selection pic]
There’s an interesting post up at FreeThinkBham: a Hipster’s Guide to Birmingham. As the post states up front, the term “hipster” is a tricky one, with some negative overtones.
But overall, the idea of making the city more attractive to young (and young-ish) creative and “alternative” types who don’t necessarily fit into the football, frat-boy, gated-community-in-the-suburbs mainstream is a good one.
Don’t get me wrong–we need football, frat-boys, and suburbs, if not necessarily gates. But we also need to be open and welcoming to diversity in all its forms, because the growth of any city depends on it’s openness to new ideas and different ways of thinking.
Richard Florida, anyone?
Photo courtesy Wes Frazer.
“There. He felt it again. The whole house had unmistakeably slid toward the retaining wall, as if inching toward edificial suicide.”
I know this link has been bouncing around, but I thought this would bring a smile to those of us who appreciate modern design–it’s good to take a step back and have a sense of humor every once and a while.
I’m reminded of cracking open my first Wallpaper magazine back in 1998 or so: I was fascinated that there could be a consumer market for all things modern, hip, and glossy. It felt refreshing since, at that time, you’d be hard-pressed to find modern design in any “lifestyle” magazine, much less in mass-market catalogs.
Now, of course, from Dwell to CB2, it’s everywhere. Hence a little of the ennui pictured in today’s light-hearted link.
Not to get too sad about things–to the left is a pic of some relatively happy looking hipsters at the fabulous graffiti show at Bare Hands Gallery a few months ago. Then again, who couldn’t be happy at an art opening at Bare Hands? Thanks to Dystopos for the pic!
(via Unhappy Hipsters Photo: Jason Schmidt, Dwell, February 2010)