Highland Park Hipsters Move to Echo Park--By Bike (Gallery)

What better way to make the point that Highland Park is not the next Echo Park than by moving your “hipster” butt and all your worldly possessions in opposite direction of alleged hip-ness, by bike?

This piece was originally posted on Flying Pigeon L.A.'s blog, which can be read here.

A recent LA Weekly article tried to make the case that the Highland Park area is "the new Echo Park". That is, Highland Park is the new place for low rent, young, fashionable people to move.

Lately, a lot of people have been ragging on this fair barrio of mine. Guys with unwashed hair and paint on their jeans complain about how Echo Park is becoming too gentrified, too much like our now-grown-up neighbors in Silver Lake. (Shocking to realize it’s been more than a decade since Beck was couch-surfing his way to stardom.) Someone actually complained the Gold Room isn’t “dangerous enough anymore.”

Eavesdropping on these often drunken conversations, one name keeps getting thrown around as a solution to the existential dilemmas of the ultra-hip. “I’m going to a house eviction party in Highland Park tonight.” “That doom-surf-rock band Sandy Pussy is playing out in Highland Park tonight.”

- Kai Flanders, LA Weekly Pop-Ed, February 3, 2012, “Why Highland Park Is the New Echo Park

Our local Patch blog, and most commentors, disagreed, but the damage is likely already done.

“Is Highland Park the new Echo Park? L.A. Weekly music writer Kai Flanders seems to think so,

No offense to our neighbors to the west, home to some of the finest folks I’ve met in Los Angeles, but I’m not buying it either.”

- David Fonseca, HighlandPark-MountWashington Patch, Febryary 6, 2012, ““

To stem the tide of move-ins caused by that LA Weekly article, a friend of mine, E., moved his entire household from Highland Park to Echo Park (to escape the flood of hipsters?) this past Sunday, February 19, 2012. An inverse hipster bike move!

The kicker? We moved everything by bike. How hipster can you get? Scroll through through the gallery above for photo documentation of the move.

Susan R February 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The house is not very well color coordinated. Red stairs and blue wall?
long division February 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
What is a "hipster" ? Something about hip replacements? Those people look too young for that I'd wager.
Nicole Charky February 24, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I saw this happen once on an episode of 'Portlandia.'
Kitty Witty February 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I know the HP refugee who impressively pulled off the bike move in this article. He's neither a hipster nor is he annoyed by them. Rather, this cat is so committed to the environment that unlike most hipsters, he lives the very radical ideas he espouses in terms of refusing to leave unnecessary footprints (such as biking instead of driving whenever possible and salvaging perfectly good food that would otherwise be hauled away by garbage trucks) not to mention devoting his time selflessly to community service. His 10 yr. old daughter is the one who found the listing for the Echo Park rental. The decision to move there was based squarely on the fact that the rent was cheaper and the place was bigger than the duplex in HP. Cheaper rent for the space may be the only factor interpretable as of a desire to flee the rent raising influx of hipsters into HP from EP and I understand the amusing articles that this bike move has spawned regarding the hip factor of such a move, but unfortunately for the hipster police and surveillance team, we can thank a little girl for her rent-deal-finding skills and her father's commitment to being a man of integrity, not to be reduced to hipsterism
David Fonseca February 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I appreciate everyone's comments, but I also hope everyone realizes that this column was written by Josef Bray-Ali (owner of Flying Pigeon and a friend of the "refugee") with tongue firmly planted in cheek. No hipster hating here, just a cool story with a light spin.


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