sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

May 15, 2011

Brace Yourself for A Hipster Invasion

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:44 pm

Via Instapundit: young New Yorkers are pessimistic about the future and threatening to leave the state.  Ah!  But New Yorkers are apparently already leaving in droves — for San Francisco.  It’s assumed in the Bay Area that San Francisco wants to move to New York City, and New York City wants to move to San Francisco.  Me and DH used to talk about how we should have moved to New York separately and then meet there.  Now I’m actually glad we stayed put.  The people and entertainment in the two cities are not that different, but the weather is better in Northern California, and in New York we’d have to put our children into a tony private school that has a competitive Kindergarten entrance exam.

Anyhow, San Francisco is already bursting with funemployed hipsters.  Many overflow hipsters go to Oakland where in the 90s they became foot soldiers of gentrification.  To be sure, they feel bad about taking over black neighborhoods.  Because Oakland can’t possibly absorb all of SF’s surplus youngsters, states where jobs are plentiful and housing is affordable, such as Washington and Oregon, became a popular relocation destination.  These states are now known as “purple states”.  In the past solidly conservative or libertarian, these states are now absorbing California expats who are more than happy to “take over” from the “rednecks”.  They don’t mind ruining the local economy in the meantime.

Ruby Room, a hipster bar in downtown Oakland. This picture makes it look fun.

Another angle: given that young women outnumber young men in NYC at nearly 3:2 ratio, there is going to be a lot of unhappy gals moving from one heavily female urban area to another.



  1. That’s my secret totally unpervy reason for staying in New York City. The single women outnumber the men.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — May 16, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

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