North Park ranked as one of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods"

SAN DIEGO -- North Park -- a San Diego neighborhood just east of Hillcrest and north of Balboa Park -- is hip, cool, funky and different. So much so, in fact, that Forbes has included it on its list of "America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods."

The publication included 20 neighborhoods across the U.S., with L.A.'s Silver Lake topping the list.

"Nestled between Echo Park and Los Feliz, the trendy community boasts some of the nation’s most lauded food trucks and farmers markets, a multicultural blend of residents with eclectic professions, and a booming arts scene," Forbes writes about Silver Lake.

Forbes says that it worked with San Francisco-based startup Nextdoor.com to dig through data on more than 250 neighborhoods in the biggest U.S. cities. Things like walkability; number of coffeshops per capita; assortment of local food trucks; number and frequency of farmers markets; selection of locally owned bars and restaurants; and the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations were considered.

North Park is No. 13 on the list, and Forbes lists this as its reason for selection:

"Culturally diverse North Park is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market. The North Park Theater and the Ray Street Arts District are also bastions of creativity in the area.

The neighborhood, one of San Diego's older communities, has gone through a resurgence over the last decade. What was once home to a collection of run-down buildings, crime and less than neighborly feel, North Park in recent years has become one of San Diego's premier arts and entertainment districts.

North Park is home to FilmOut San Diego, which shows monthly screenings, movie marathons and the annual LGBT Film Festival at the historical Birch North Park Theatre. The community has a monthly "30 on 30th" celebration of food and drink, with special deals for fans who walk up and down 30th Street on the 30th day of the month (except February) to sample the offerings.

The neighborhood has a slew of dance studios, barbershops, hair and nail salons, plus two popular gay bars -- The Eagle and Redwing Bar & Grill.

Other neighborhoods on the list include San Francisco's Mission District; North Loop in Minneapolis; Downtown Portland; and the Warehouse District in New Orleans.

The full list and Forbes' original story is HERE.

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