In response to my argument that our nation's capital is not a hip place and never will be, D.C. events space VerdeHouse has started a Twitter campaign #hipDC that asks people to tweet out all the #hip things about the city. In the spirit of equal time, we are going to list them all here.
"We at verdeHOUSE think D.C. is hip in its own way and doesn’t play by the rules of NY, SF or other 'hip' cities," read the press release. "We’re asking you to dig deep and ask yourself, 'What makes D.C. hip to you?'" The release went out two days ago, earned coverage on a prominent D.C. blog, the Huffington Post, and even the local news. We think it's fair to say that as Twitter hashtag campaigns go, this one has gotten pretty wide exposure. We have cataloged every single tweet that has used the #hipDC hashtag, minus the obviously sarcastic ones, and without further ado, here is every single thing that is hip about D.C.
The D.C. theater scene.
Wicked at The Kennedy Center.
I hear Wicked is coming back to the Kennedy Center! #hipDC— Joe S (@archimedes0105) October 24, 2012
Accomplished friends who go to keg parties.
The Library of Congress.
As a D.C. noob, I was amazed at how decked out everyone got in red, white, & blue for 4th of July. #HipDC— Carla Saavedra (@CarlaSaavedra) October 24, 2012
A strong real estate market.
Not being killed while riding a bike.
This morning i was biking and i didn't get run over by a car #hipDC— Claire (@ClairesHaus) October 24, 2012
Government employees rapping about politics.
The Julie Child's Kitchen exhibit at the National Museum of American History.
Being the hometown of a 1970s television star.
A Building Museum membership.
Pop-up shops, fashion shows, and amazing people.
Smart and powerful people.
Smart, interesting people.
The ultimate Obama fan.
People who have always thought D.C. was hip.
Drinking for charity.
A residential building project.
Trendy start-up magazines.
We'll weigh in with the argument that trendy start-up magazines choose to make their homes here ;) Plus all those other start-ups. #hipDC— The Intentional (@the_intentional) October 24, 2012
today I saw this guy with a tie in Dupont Circle just laying around in the sun. #hipDC— Claire (@ClairesHaus) October 24, 2012
Saw great Invisible Man Studio Theatre Sat nite dinner at Posto next door at 10:30PM patrons coming in after us like Barcelona #hipDC— Marie Drissel (@AudreyHepburn10) October 24, 2012
Eating at @tokiunderground @greenpigva @bakedandwireddc and @standarddc #hipDC
— Michael Loiacono (@TheGreatMikesby) October 24, 2012
This gentleman's club:
Jazz in a church.
Not becoming part of Fairfax County.
Talking about flea market fashion.
"Hot #fashion accessories."
Diversity and spirit.
A house that is round.
"Must see fashion events."
These people on Twitter.
Talking about real estate.
Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The former home of a mayor.
So there you have it, guys. Everything that's hip about D.C. Can we consider this discussion closed?