7 things people don't understand about #urbanism – and what it really means. @thisbigcity

It’s easy not to like hipsters. So easy that hipsters have become a sort of urban boogeyman, and a common enemy for groups which otherwise would have absolutely nothing in common. Kotkin and other sprawl advocates don’t like them because they’re widely perceived as lazy, and thus by his logic their usual preference for denser neighborhoods are invalid and ought to be completely ignored. In fact, Kotkin finds hipsters so loathsome that he uses the specter of hipster-based urbanism as a scare tactic, putting it in the title of his article: “The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters.” The horror! But hipsters are just as villainous to left-leaning social justice oriented groups, generally staunch opponents of Kotkin’s ideology, who dislike hipsters because they are seen as the number one cause of gentrification, and therefore ant...

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