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Arlington is "uptight" per H-Street Hipster
  • Dezlboy September 13, 2013 - 9:46 am #86682 Reply

    Short Washington Post article  this morning  [ http://tinyurl.com/mrjdcha ] about the “hipster H-Street neighborhood” at 13th and G streets NE centers the unique STOP sign that has been altered from “stop all waY” to “stop all waR.” One resident thinks the alteration is “pretty creative.” I don’t know, but it’s really not that creative, is it? Sticking one letter over another?

    Anyhow, after reading way too much about the H-Street’s coolness, the one resident closes out the article by saying, "I used to live in Arlington, and stuff like this would never happen,'' Brock said. "It's uptight over there. This neighborhood is different."

    Gosh, I’ve only lived in Arlington three years, but never thought my neighborhood was uptight.  Really? Now Bethesda, Fairfax. Uptight, sure. But, Arlington?

    R. Griffon September 13, 2013 - 9:55 am #86686 Reply

    Personally prefer my stop signs to say “Hammertime,” but I’m old-school like that.

    But I can see what they’re saying, and would largely agree. I think the H St. area skews much younger, and is a bit more gritty. ARL has a lot more families and long-established neighborhoods, and particularly since the emergence of the more polished corridor in the past 10-15 years some parts seem increasingly concerned about maintaining some measure of decorum. Can’t really back it up with examples, but that’s my sense of it.

    Swag September 13, 2013 - 10:02 am #86687 Reply

    Hippies vs. yuppies.

    CrystalMikey September 13, 2013 - 10:15 am #86692 Reply

    What swag said.

    Dezlboy September 13, 2013 - 10:17 am #86693 Reply

    Yep, what CrystalMikey said :-)

    I guess from the H-Street perspective, Arlington might seem uptight. I like to think “sedate” ala the Ramones…….

    Tom September 13, 2013 - 10:32 am #86696 Reply

    Arlington is to H Street NE as Ocean City, N.J., is to Ocean City, Md.

    Bard September 13, 2013 - 10:33 am #86697 Reply

    Whatever it is this dude is yearning for in life, he won’t find it in the nation’s capital. Pretending like part of the area is somehow so much more bohemian and hip than another just makes him sound like an elitist loser.

    Captain_Obvious September 13, 2013 - 10:34 am #86698 Reply

    So have skinny jeans, black-rimmed glasses and designer flannel become too ironic for hipsters now?

    Bard September 13, 2013 - 10:36 am #86700 Reply

    there are no hipsters here, only consultants who change into skinny jeans after work.

    Need.A.Bigger.Shark September 13, 2013 - 10:44 am #86704 Reply

    I don’t know if I would say I consider Fairfax uptight. I dont know about Bethesda, but I ahve heard they pretty much tax and murder everyone to death over street parking issues.


    Perspective: In Fairfax and Arlington, its perfectly okay to walk around with your side arm holstered, (no special permit needed) and pretty much no one flips out. Even if they do, the cops actually know the law, and they don’t really care.

    In DC, its illegal to deface or vandalize street/highway signs. Not only is the sign NOT fixed,  the police don’t bother to investigate it either.

    If thats considered uptight, I’ll take that every day of the week.

    halj September 13, 2013 - 11:04 am #86710 Reply

    Is this uptightness related to the ongoing de-gentrification?

    NoVapologist September 13, 2013 - 11:15 am #86715 Reply

    I have seen stop signs in McLean and Great Falls that have been altered. So that’s hardly the mark of hipness.

    Rick September 13, 2013 - 11:20 am #86720 Reply

    If I lived in a neighborhood with rampant crime and was okay with it, I’d think everyone else around me was uptight too.

    MissKittenCat September 13, 2013 - 12:36 pm #86730 Reply

    Arlington is exactly “uptight” but has clear cut neighborhoods for certain demographics.

    South Arlington neighborhoods: Minorities, Young families with small children, unmarried couples.

    North Arlington: Yuppies, Old/Retired couples, Wealthy families, Newlyweds, Rich Graduate Students.

    H-street has Yuppies who wear expensive “urban” apparel when night falls. Yuppies who won’t admit that they went to private school and are from McLean or Great Falls.

    Swag September 13, 2013 - 12:39 pm #86731 Reply

    Arlington is to H Street NE as Ocean City, N.J., is to Ocean City, Md.

    So both H Stree and Arlington are pretty trashy and overrated, but everyone goes there anyways? Makes sense.

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