Move Over Silver Lake, Fred Armisen Says Echo Park is America’s Hippest Neighborhood - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine

Move Over Silver Lake, Fred Armisen Says Echo Park is America’s Hippest Neighborhood

We asked the Portlandia star to weigh in on the great neighborhood debate

Silver Lake was named “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhood” by Forbes in 2012. Does this mean L.A. is more hipster than Portland?
I like to think Portland and L.A. are not rivals; they’re cousins. As cities on the West Coast, they’re distinct in their own way but still culturally similar. But as much as I love Silver Lake, it’s not the hippest neighborhood. That’s actually Echo Park. You can tell it’s really the hippest because there are still “experimental shops” where you’re not quite sure what they sell, yet they somehow stay in business.

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  1. Richard Battaglia posted on 02/07/2013 09:25 PM
    It starts at Chango every morning.
  2. Jack posted on 02/07/2013 11:46 PM
    Let the Westside have Silverlake.
  3. Crand posted on 02/08/2013 09:58 AM
    "Experimental shops" stay in business because of massive cash infusions from the parents of the experimental shop owners. No one actually purchases artisan terrariums.
    1. Villainy posted on 02/10/2013 02:12 PM
      @Crand Ah but they do, Crand. "Massive cash infusions from their parents"? I'm 43, Crand. I do not get help from my parents. I built everything in the shop myself . I painted it, my wife and I purchased all the things inside. I volunteer a lot of my time to help the community of Echo Park. What do you do besides try to call out hipsters, Crand?
    2. dnarC posted on 02/10/2013 03:34 PM
      @Crand Would you rather those shops be vacant? Or how about another soul crushing .99 cent store? Who cares where they get their money? They're interesting shops and we should support them!! It seems to me that your comment is a pretty douchey one-up on what you conceive a hipster to be. I bet you think hipsters are cynical sarcastic idiots. Hey, look, they're just like your comment! That's weird.
  4. echoparklady posted on 02/08/2013 02:24 PM
    Its stories like this that have changed my lil hidden gem of echo park. Die you trustfunder store types. The neighborhood doesn't shop hate. Go back home to the westside.
  5. Tina posted on 02/10/2013 07:19 AM
    Echo Park was always cooler than Silver Lake.
  6. Villainy General Store posted on 02/10/2013 02:00 PM
    No way! I am one of those shops that he's speaking about. A lot of people are confused by our very existence and I have NO idea how we're still in business! Thanks for the mention, Fred!
    Stop in anytime and I will gladly give you our local villain discount of 9.0026%. To anyone reading this, I will extend the same courtesy, simply say, "I am Fred Armisen."
    1. Juliet posted on 03/13/2013 12:15 AM
      @Villainy General Store You're modest, dude. your store is very cool! You planned it out and you know your 'hood. That's why you're in biz! Good for you :)
  7. EPF posted on 11/21/2013 01:02 PM
    This is something that residents both would like and hate to hear. But we need to work together to make the neighborhood what we would like it to be, despite the changes it may go through.
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