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Yelp maps Portland’s hipster activity

Yelp, the online business rating website, has released interactive maps of 14 cities, including Portland, showing the concentration of spots tagged with “hipster” under the site’s ambience category.

Per the Eater National blog, which flagged the maps this morning, “hipster” has been a Yelp ambience option since 2011.

Portland’s map shows a large hipster conglomeration in downtown’s West End neighborhood — let’s call this the “Ace Hotel zone” — and another just across the Willamette River in inner Southeast Portland, especially along East Burnside Street — the “Doug Fir zone.”

Smaller clusters sit in Old Town Chinatown, Northeast Alberta Street, Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and North Mississippi Avenue, while faint impressions can be made out in St. Johns and on Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.

The Portland suburbs appear to be hipster-free.

You can scan hipster maps for other cities such as London, Paris, Seattle and New York. And it’s easy to create maps for Portland spots tagged “dive,” “romantic,” or “pricey.”

There’s also a Portland map for spots tagged “tourist,” which, as you might expect, features a bright red (or is it pink?) circle hovering just over 22 S.W. Third Ave.

— Michael Russell


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