Yesterday I came across one of the NY Times' culture articles lamenting the decline of hipster businesses in a newly trendy neighborhood of the L.A. area. The stagnant condition of the economy is apparently reducing business at 'retro design shops', 'yarn stores', and some coffee shop that has a play area for the kids with handmade Scandinavian toys made of Norwegian wood.
Although I've never been to City of Angels, I do live in the newly hip neighborhood of Wicker Park/Ukrainian village in Chicago. Here there is a similar decline in business for the dog grooming parlors, bead shops, and boutiques that seem to keep only ten shirts in stock. And all I have to say is good riddance!
I realize I'm a part of the young crowd that moved to my neighborhood and warped the local businesses into what they've become. But this economic downturn has provided an oppurtunity to reverse this trend somewhat. I propose a converging of interests between the newly arrived hipsters and the entrenched locals may be found in pork.
For example, everyday I see yet another sign of how bacon has become the official meat of hipsters. Here's one such example. Seriously take the time to watch that. It is amazing. All joking aside, however, many hipsters should be pleased to find that bacon has been eternally hip with majority of the ethnic communities that they are now moving into. In my neighborhood I live amongst a good mix of Polish, Ukrainian, Puerto Rican, and Mexican. Culinarily speaking these are all cultures that share a deep respect for pork and cured pork products. This is why I can't really see myself living anywhere else in this city in the near future.
Last year one of my favorite old Polish deli's on Division St., Andy's, fell victim to gentrification and closed its doors forever. This was a great loss to local fans of tasty sausage. It has been replaced by something called Angels and Mariachis a 'rock cantina' that has battery acid margueritas and lots of dishes with Mexican names and steep prices.
If hipsters can combine their supposed new found love of pork with their local purchasing habits, we may hopefully be able to prevent further tragic losses of good food and perhaps witness a continued decline in dog grooming and 90 dollar t-shirt profits.