Skip to comments.Local city named one of the grooviest places for hippies
Posted on 08/02/2013 10:38:47 AM PDT by Baynative
OLYMPIA Estately.com names Olympia the second best city for hippies in the country. Estately used information including, marijuana legality and availability, number of stores selling hemp, local counter-culture icons, tie-die availability, festivals and a Facebook poll.
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Eugene, Ore. came in at number one. Perhaps it was because Ken Kesey was a native, or perhaps its because you can buy tie-dyed underwear from a number of stores. According to Estately, a local bicycle shop gives away free tofu every time the local Les Schwab gives away free beef.
Also on the list, Portland (#5), Ithaca, NY (#7), and Berkeley, Calif. (#8).
OK, Stoat. You got me!
Places to avoid..
You probably can smell them from miles away.
Wow. Dirty, smelly hippies who are ALSO smug.
I live here.(family reasons)
Correction: I reside here. Living and Olympia are mutually exclusive in my vernacular.
Whip the hippies’ eyes and make them cry!
A neighboring community to where I live was recently described in the local news rag as “the place where hipsters go to have kids”.
I’m sure the Chamber of Commerce there is just thrilled about THAT one!
Peace man...got any spare change?
A REAL hippie wouldn’t even know what “Facebook” is.
The “Evergreen State College”.
Rachel Corey’s alma mater.
A locus of drug culture. How charming.
Is ‘exist’, perhaps a more accurate term?
Freaky reference, maaaan.
Im sure being home to the Evergreen State College had nothing to do with this rating.
I was in Amherst,Massachusetts the other day,which is one of the filthiest,most Marxist towns in the nation.We saw a C5 from a nearby AF base flying overhead...pretty low...and I laughed and said to my sister "I'll bet the folks around here are thrilled to see *that*".I just wish he was flying a bit lower because those things are *loud*.
Berkeley = VERY rude people.
VERY much hostility.
**Local city named one of the grooviest places for hippies**
Shout this from the rooftops!
Hand this article to every hippy you encounter!
Maybe they’ll all move out there and leave me alone.
I caught a bit of Savage last night, he was having fun with this.
Excellent memory jogger, by the way, I used to live in Olympia in the early 70s, it was a beautiful place.
The most pleasant places in America, if they even exist anymore, are low-crime communities with kids mowing lawns or doing their homework, dad washing the car, and an apple pie cooling on the sill next to a front door that really doesn’t need a deadbolt. These drug-culturphiles think that a peppering of head shops smelling of incense and a variety of glass pipes somehow “offsets” the relative inconvenience of vomit in the street, panhandlers, bars on windows, and tattered rave fliers staplegunned to every pole.
The real ones would be approaching retirement age (assuming they ever got a haircut and a job).
I went to college in New Paltz, NY. Playboy rated us #1 in the small college category. It was fun :)
Lizard king, heavy. Let’s drink some wet cement & get really stoned man.
1. EUGENE, OR
2. OLYMPIA, WA
3. ASHEVILLE, NC
4. BOULDER, CO
5. PORTLAND, OR
6. BURLINGTON, VT
7. ITHACA, NY
8. BERKELEY, CA
9. AUSTIN, TX
10. BISBEE, AZ
11. MISSOULA, MT
12. OAKLAND, CA
13. BEREA, KY
14. MANITOU SPRINGS, CO
15. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
16. BLOOMINGTON, IN
17. ARCATA, CA
I live on the Olympic Peninsula (thank God) and this is why my wife doesn’t take me out very often. LOL
Santa Cruz didn’t make the cut? UCSC, mascot: the banana slug...
The city has more hippie-themed Meetups than any city in the country, as well as Hippie Hollow, a clothing optional nudist park where hippies can recreate in the buff. The popularity of Hippie Hollow is evidenced by a simple Google image search of Austin Hippie, which turns up far too many NSFW photos of these naked folks. Austin is also home to 12 local shops advertising hemp products, the Hippie Church at the local Taco Xpress, and thousands of locals ardently working to Keep Austin Weird.
I figured Asheville, NC would be on up there and it is, #3. It started with the new agers, then the wiccans, then the hippies. It’s a beautiful little city, lots of grand depression-era structures downtown, largely intact. Surrounded by the Smokies, all manner of outdoor sports and activities, natural beauty. I don’t mind hippies for short periods of time, so I like to visit on occasion. A weekend about does it. Couldn’t live there.
During my Seattle years, I spent quite a bit of time in Olympia, but it was working with the legislature on rail-related issues, not weed. I viewed downtown Olympia as a bit funky, but not particularly strange.
The cable TV show called Portlandia, which was spawned in Olympia, opens the show saying of Portland - "The place where young people go to retire".
The Dream of the 90’s in Alive in Portland
It’s where young people go to retire.
I actually love that show!
I used to say that my life is defined by Seinfeld. But there now is a strong Portlandia influence.
In short, I’m screwed up !!
Sounds nice! If you noticed, Ithaca, NY, is 7th on the list. Home of Ithaca College and Cornell University, the smell of patchouli is on the air! :-) It's a beautiful area though, on the southern end of Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes and there's lots of gorges and waterfalls in the area.
Its where young people go to retire.
LOL! Thanks for sharing!
Ken Kesey wasn’t a hippie. He was a merry prankster. His second book was about a guy who crosses a union picket line.
The hippies were America’s youth who saw media presentations of the lifestyle of the post-beats in California and headed westward subscribing to whatever fashion and drug trends were being sold to them.
They weren’t as active in contributing to the culture. They took from the free store without offering things in return. They overloaded the free food distribution systems. They joined communes but didn’t want to work the land.
Ken Kesey was to the Left of Jack Kerouac (who supported the war in Vietnam) but he wasn’t full onboard the liberalism train (some of his take seems more libertarian).
The real “Hippies” were only in existence until 1966, after that, came all of the copycats and posers.
Groovy isn’t even a hippie word. I’ve heard it used in rockabilly records in the mid-1950s.
ZZ Top -Groovy Little Hippie Pad
In England, they didn’t have hippies. They had “flower children/people”. Sky Saxon (LA singer of the Seeds, “Pushin’ Too Hard”) tried to call himself a flower power artist (mid-1960s) before there was a word “hippie”.
Spinal Tap - Listen to the Flower People
Until recently moving to another city nearby, my sister lived in Asheville for 35 years.
She’s of the hippie generation but left it decades ago.
On one visit a few years back she was asking me why the kids and I liked going downtown at night. We put her in the car and took her for an evening tour past the hippie drum circle and and the street performers and crowds.
She hadn’t been to downtown in over 20 years and her response was “where did all these people come from”?
In England, the movement came out of Left Wing politics and poetry as well.
The first big happening was a poetry reading staged at Albert Hall. Booked on a whim, they were surprised to see it sell out. It was filmed by Peter Whitehead as “Wholly Communion” (1965) (he later made Let’s All Make Love In London in 1967 with The Pink Floyd and others).
Both are in full length (1 hour+ each) on youtube.