Money magazine: Louisville is no. 1 town in America; mercifully free of “pretentious eco-hipsters.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 27, 2009
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Some towns nestled along the Rockies are full of pretentious eco-hipsters. Not Louisville.

Money Magazine names Louisville, Colorado, the number one US town to live in.

Egads. While Louisville “has a Conoco-Philipps facility,” it’s also mercifully free of “pretentious eco-hipsters”—unlike some towns (yes you, Boulder and Ft. Collins—we assume Money ain’t referring to Colorado Springs, full of meth & gay escort-loving Focus on Family Old Testament Christians (we like old timey New Testament Christians who are into things like mercy, compassion, prayer).

So what’s wrong with being an eco hipster? Nothing. Better than being a Willy-style trustafarian drug-addled fixie-luvin’ dirty boy band hipster who don’t know where the term hipster originated (Beat generation; jazz). So what’s pretentious about being “eco”? Oh, right, it’s uncool, man—to be vegetarian or vegan and bike aound, shop local and organic, care where your clothes are made…it’s downright uptight to care about anything, for that matter. Sorry, Money.


All that said, Louisville is a great town—I spent first three months of my life there, after coming to in the Boulder Hospital and can attest to its vibrant old downtown, its ready access to the Rockies, its deliberateness in how it grows instead of sprawls, its sense of vibrant, safe community. (And Money does give it extra points for being near to Boulder, confusingly).

“Conoco-Phillips is building a huge facility there; there are a lot of employers in the area; it’s near Boulder, so that’s all great for them.”

With thanks for the tip to 5280.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Money magazine: Louisville is no. 1 town in America; mercifully free of “pretentious eco-hipsters.””

  1. It’s funny because it’s possible the only reason Louisville made the top of it’s list is because of it’s close proximity to “pretentious eco-hipsters”…

  2. – I've been here a few years and have had several peripheral contacts with Louisville Police. They live up to all the other hype. Wonderful. I don't know if it's hiring, training or supervision, but they do the Badge proud. Congratulations, Louisville – You're the tops in all respects

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