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EDITORIAL: Colorado Springs among 'hottest hipster' cities

By: The Gazette editorial board
October 10, 2017 Updated: October 10, 2017 at 8:44 am
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Barista Evan Schubarth watches a scale as he adds hot water to freshly ground coffee beans to make a pour over cup of coffee Monday, June 13, 2016, at Fifty Fifty Coffee House in Colorado Springs. Schubarth said making coffee should be like baking where you follow a recipe and pay close attention to measuring ingredients. The coffee house on Institute and Boulder is one of the growing number of specialty coffee house in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Success is cool.

Maybe that explains the new migration of young cool hipsters who are bypassing Denver and moving to Colorado Springs.

We've long heard about Denver's understandable appeal to millennials, but new research shows the trend shifting south.

"Colorado Springs offers the same natural beauty and proximity to world-class skiing and hiking that nearby Denver does, but with a lower cost of living and unemployment rate. Its quaint downtown is filled with mom and pop shops and local watering holes," said an article explaining the new list of "Hottest Hipster Markets in America."

Yelp and Realtor.com surveyed 297 markets to determine which cities are hottest and hippest, as measured by median days homes are on the market and median page views per listing.

They combined those findings with Yelp reviews of local entertainment and dining establishments, determining which hot housing markets contain the hippest businesses.

Colorado Springs ZIP code 80903 ranked 10th, among a top 10 led by Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; San Diego; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Rochester, New York; San Francisco; Long Beach, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.

"These hip hoods have plenty of features that appeal to millennials: affordable homes (well, in many places), good job prospects, and plenty of their peers. Those characteristics are solid building blocks for home value," explained an article on Realtor.com.

The Denver Business Journal conceded Colorado Springs may have surpassed Denver's famous hipster appeal.

"If you're looking for Colorado's hottest spot for hipsters, you're going to have to look past Denver," the Journal explained, citing the survey.

Denver ranked 18th, as the only other Colorado city on the hottest hipster top 50.

The ranking will frustrate a few of social media trolls, who enjoy our community's outdated and mythical reputation as a judgmental monoculture stuck in the past. That bad rap is so 2009.

Colorado Springs began giant leaps forward after voters took control of local government in 2010. They discarded a corrupt and dysfunctional city manager system and created an executive branch of government headed by a full-time mayor who answers to the public.

Colorado Springs has subsequently become a model for other cities to emulate, thanks to the solid leadership of Mayor John Suthers, former Mayor Steve Bach and a succession of City Council members who understand our city's potential.

Stability in local governance has instilled confidence in business owners to expand and hire. Companies relocate here. Voters trusted local government enough to approve taxes for roads. Reforms at the Colorado Springs Airport have attracted new airlines that continue expanding service with new direct flights to a growing selection of destinations.

Tourism is up, homes are selling and contractors are building to meet demand.

Colorado Springs has done the hard work to become a world-class city of art, culture, entertainment and opportunity. That is why the community ranks among the country's 10 hottest and hippest places to live.

Hipsters, welcome home.

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