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.