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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:18 PM
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The DU best 50+ "Hippie Towns" Map
Thanks for everyone's responses, I hope I captured them all I now have a goal to visit as many of your recommendations as possible.

It looks like the best hippie towns are in the mountains which should make for some nice motorcycle trips.

I've got a couple of weeks this summer, so I think I'll begin in North Carolina and go from there.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid...

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:21 PM
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1. Hmmm its missing Duluth MN and it has...Lawrence Kansas????
Edited on Wed Jul-02-08 05:22 PM by Taverner
Sorry - just bustin' your chops :)

Awesome - I love it!!!!

Great job!
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:23 PM
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2. As a Mizzou grad, I hate Lawrence, KS with a passion, but...
the town was the residence of William S. Burroughs for the last 16 years of his life. That's something.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:29 PM
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9. My Great, Great, Great Uncle was William Clarke Quantrill
Quite a character around Lawrence for all of one afternoon, a long time ago.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:56 PM
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27. And you admit it?
He killed my gggg uncle there, that MORNING, not afternoon.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:17 PM
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37. Yeah, I'll admit it.
Hell, I didn't do anything wrong.

My Family History is full of some pretty dastardly types.

We arrived in what is now SE Texas (Angelina County) in 1630, three Anglo clans moving in with the Caddo to stay ahead of - and away from - the Law.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:37 PM
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49. that's ok
we all have rotten apples in our tree. cheers.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:48 PM
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52. Those old Outlaws still live in my soul.
Sometimes, we just cannot help ourselves...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLsEJA9IEFo

They know who I am and where I am and I don't care.

Tom
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 03:42 AM
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62. That's because Tom likes to do his killin' before breakfast.
Edited on Thu Jul-03-08 03:44 AM by Leopolds Ghost
Looks like this'll have to be settled by a fight.



"and I've got a mind to do a little kilin' of my own."

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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:23 PM
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3. thanks
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arendt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:24 PM
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4. That is technically cool. Whose software did you use? Google's? K&R. n/t
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:35 PM
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13. Just create an account on Google Maps
Then create a "personal map" and make it public.

Google makes it simple.

You can create and save maps, locations you've been, routes you want to take, add pictures. Google has done a great job.
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arendt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:39 PM
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17. Its as good as a wiki for maps! Sometimes I love google; sometimes I'm scared of them. n/t
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:26 PM
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5. you missed MISSOULA?
for shame.
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:31 PM
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10. Missoula #1
A must visit, coffee shops, cool bakeries, bookstores, peace center.
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:38 PM
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14. Okay. Missoula is now part of the DU Hippie Town map
Sounds like a good add too.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:27 PM
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6. Boone NC rawks and it's so pretty up in there n/t
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:28 PM
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7. My all time favorite is Boulder, Colorado. The people, climate, and countryside are out of sight.
(Danoff/Nivert)
I guess he'd rather be in Colorado.
He'd rather spend his time out where the sky looks like a pearl after the rain.
Once again I see him walking, once again I hear him talking
to the stars he makes and asking them the bus fare.

I guess he'd rather be in Colorado.
He'd rather play his banjo in the morning when the moon is scarcely gone.
In the dawn the subway's coming, in the dawn I hear him humming
some old song he wrote of love in Boulder Canyon. I guess he'd rather be in Colorado.

I guess he'd rather be in Colorado.
I guess he'd rather work out where the only thing you earn is what you spend.
In the end up in his office, in the end a quiet cough is all he has to show,
he lives in New York City. I guess he'd rather be in Colorado.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:29 PM
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8. Yay!
Edited on Wed Jul-02-08 05:30 PM by Tangerine LaBamba
Good to see that Yellow Springs, OH is on your list. I spent some wonderful times there in the sixties, in its prime. It's still a great place. Don't miss the Trail Tavern on Xenia Avenue - the main drag. It was always a great place. Excellent burgers.

http://yeoldetrailtavern.com/food_menu.htm

And do make a pilgrimage to 119 West Davis Street - not that far from the Trail Tavern. I got married there in 1969.

Take a walk through Glen Helen, a lovely place.

You might want to add Alexandria, VA to your list - a hop from Takoma Park, which is a really cool place. Alexandria's not quite as hip as Takoma Park, but, locally, it's known as The People's Republic of Alexandria.

Have a wonderful, wonderful time. And don't forget your tie-dye ................

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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:39 PM
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16. My daughter has already made me a tie-dye shirt for vacation
I'm ready!
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:32 PM
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11. Utah has more hippy cities than Illinois?
Aw, c'mon
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:54 PM
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24. The hippie town in Utah used to be Park City, NOT Moab
...which was populated by old Mormon desert rats. The biking craze (starting about mid-80s, apres Chariots of Fire) put that town on the map. Unfortunately.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:34 PM
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12. I have lived in two of them
Austin and San Francisco

And I have spent time in at least half of them (from what I can remember).
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:39 PM
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15. Iowa City
Ah yes, Iowa City. A bastion of Liberalism out on the plains. I am about 50 miles from there and I love that city. Some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and progressive as hell. Go IC go! And go Hawkeyes as well!
Btw, the Iowa City Jazz fest is this weekend and it's FREE! So if you like jazz music, c'mon out. It's on the ped mall, right downtown and heaven knows that the city could use some relief from all the H2O it has seen. July 4-6. www.summerofthearts.com/jazzfest for more info.
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Condem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:00 PM
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31. Thanks, Bluzmann
It is truly a great place! Slowly coming back.
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:34 PM
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40. You are certainly welcome
IC is a great place. And there is little doubt that it will be "all the way back" before too long.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:40 PM
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18. Y'all need to add Silver City, NM, and Marine-On-The-St. Croix, MN to the list.
Oh, yeah -- and Two Harbors, MN.
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:52 PM
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21. Got them added.
We needed some MN locations
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:43 PM
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19. If you're in NY, you should drive up thru the Adirondacks...
Have you ever been to Americade in Lake George?
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:53 PM
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22. Never been, but I really want to hit Americade one day
Been to Daytona Beach a few times and Cyclefest in Phoenix, Americade is on the list.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:50 PM
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20. That's very cool.
When you get around to motorcycling to Alaska, give yourself two or three weeks just to get here, and then take a couple of weeks to hang out. Homer's a beautiful little town with a great atmosphere and you can camp on the beach. Beach and mountains all in one place, and a laid-back attitude, as well.
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 08:15 PM
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54. I went to Homer in the summer of '79
Stayed with a fundy family that lived off the land... they were cool, except for their zealousness.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 10:01 PM
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55. Did you get back to the Old Russian village
at the end of East End Road?
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-04-08 02:01 PM
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69. No....
Did not have the time...
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:53 PM
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23. Is this for hippies over 50?
Edited on Wed Jul-02-08 05:54 PM by Radical Activist
Or more than 50 towns?
And were people too stoned to put the state next to the town name for half of them?
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:55 PM
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26. Perhaps it should be limited to hippies over 70!
:hippie:
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:00 PM
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29. Better not be, as I'm not yet 50 years old.
The missing states were due more to red wine than being stoned. :)
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:14 PM
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36. Its a tiny town
but if you want to add one from Illinois you could include Makanda. It borders the Shawnee National Forest, which is worth a visit.
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:44 PM
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41. Got it!
Thanks. If it's near a National Forest, I'm interested just for the camping.
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October Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-04-08 03:54 PM
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72. I knew New Hope would be on this list
I always describe it as a one-square-mile borough that's anything but square...



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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:54 PM
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25. Colorado Springs?
That bastion of right-wingery?

Plus, they have the absolute worst traffic along I25 there -- I've driven through it several times in the last couple of years and it's invariably awful.

Boulder has the best climate of anywhere I've ever lived.
Asheville is nice, Lawrence is okay, I'm moving to Santa Fe in three weeks, Atlanta strikes me as just another large city, Ann Arbor did nothing for me the times I've visited, Eugene is nice, Portland is a favorite. Takoma Park? That's another interesting choice. I've lived in the DC area and probably not spent any time worth mentioning in Takoma Park.

Actually, there are a lot of nice places to live or visit in this country.
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:00 PM
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30. Boulder, yea, did you ever dine at the Flagstaff House? My wife and I loved it especially when the
moon is full rising over the prairies to the East, with a clear sky, stars sparkling like diamonds, listening to a piano play love songs, and sipping manhattans and martinis.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 10:31 PM
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57. Alas, no, I never did.
But I know the location and I can just about imagine how magical that must have been!
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Condem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 05:59 PM
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28. Great job, cobalt!
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:07 PM
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34. Thanks!
It started as something for my information, but I figured the folks here might like to use the map for themselves one day.

Glad you like it, but the input was all DU members.
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:01 PM
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32. I can't believe you missed "The People's Republic of Cambridge"
AKA Cambridge, Massachusetts. And you mispelled Brattleboro, VT, which is indeed a fantastic town, and a liberal haven.
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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:06 PM
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33. Shoot, I misspelled Hippie in my original post
:)

Added Cambridge and fixed Brattleboro. Thanks!
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:13 PM
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35. good luck on road-tripping it to pahoa...
go to san diego, and turn southwest... :shrug:
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:20 PM
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38. Try to be
here in Atl on either the first or third saturday of the month.
http://www.lcclt.org/drum_circle.html
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papapi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:28 PM
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39. A town ripe for a loving hippie take over. . . .
Poor little Braddock Pennsylvania is dying. It is certainly NOT a hippie town right now. But if some hippies were so inclined, Braddock could become a haven. All it needs is for some energetic hippies to start the movement. Some folks are already pushing the idea.

Braddock, PA

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 02:58 AM
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60. Yeah, I saw a thread on DU about that. the mayor tattoos the names of crime victims on his watch
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papapi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 05:11 PM
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66. I appreciate the link. Thanks.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:48 PM
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42. Where's New Orleans?!? ...... Have you never seen Easy Rider?!?













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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:37 PM
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51. thanks swamp rat
i wasn't going to say a thing because i figured we must have eff'd up somewhere if asheville nc was cooler than us
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Juche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:54 PM
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43. No Bloomington, Indiana?
I haven't lived many places but I would say that is the most liberal, hippy town in Indiana (and one of the only counties that went for Kerry in 2004).

I can even 'feel' the hippy atmosphere when I go there. A relaxed feeling in the ether of the town.
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:10 PM
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44. There are several "hippy towns" in the MA Pioneer Valley...

...but not a single tack for that whole area. Obviously not many MA people took part in this poll.


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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:12 PM
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45. I lived in Garberville, Humboldt County for years..
Southern Humboldt is hippie headquarters for sure. Pot central too!

Amazing community there! :hippie:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:14 PM
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46. We were heading for Asheville but moving all my medical
equipment around was getting tedious so we stayed an extra night in Chattanooga, Tenn a pretty hip little town, and set Asheville for another trip.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:33 PM
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47. interesting thread
Edited on Wed Jul-02-08 07:34 PM by pitohui
i was unable to contribute because the most genuine hippie town i have encountered, i encountered by chance, a "town" in new mexico in the mountains where folks were living in VW vans, it was cool

but i don't recall the name

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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:35 PM
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48. You've got A Squared but left out Kalamazoo?
Odd. Kalamazoo is a pretty left-leaning town with a couple of communes and everything. Nice place.
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OBrien Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 07:37 PM
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50. inside the "loop" in Houston?
that's where I live
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 08:10 PM
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53. If You Went International
it would open all kinds of things up. You could put places like Dahab Egypt and Goa India.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 10:14 PM
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56. One small correction: Humboldt is a county, not a town
Also, the D got left out. :P

-XemaSab, HSU class of '03.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 02:42 AM
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58. Mount Rainier Maryland. It's the "new" Takoma Park.
Edited on Thu Jul-03-08 02:49 AM by Leopolds Ghost
Not that there's anything wrong with the old Takoma Park
but it's suffering from Berkely syndrome at the moment.

Hopefully the housing crash will fix that.

The good news is neither town has any chain stores in city limits.

Mount Rainier is the only place I've been in the East Coast where you
used to see Rasta-guys smoking ganja at the corner cafe. Out doors.
Across from the police station. Also, they have a city-owned bike
library, second hand furniture stores, pyramid worship centers.
And it's incredibly cheap to live there.

Reminds me a little of New Orleans, actually. They have levees in
Mount Rainier, and industry. It's a touch south of the Mason Dixon
line. It's more integrated than Takoma Park.

The local microbrew is Anarchy Ale.



http://staff.cua.edu/robbins/rainier.htm

Mount Rainier Community:

* Anacostia Hours...(Community Currency)

* Mount Rainier Bike Co-op (city owned)

Artists & Musicians:

* Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O)

* Alan Binstock, Mount Rainier sculptor

* Artspace Projects, Inc

* Latin American Folk Institute

* Joes Movement Emporium

If you want Peace, work for Justice:

* New Ways Ministry

* Little Friends for Peace

* Maryland Citizens Against State Executions

* The Quixote Center

* Cities for Peace (Mount Rainier joins the ranks)

Food & Drink:

* Artmosphere Cafe

* Glut Food Coop... "Since 1969... Still cheap, still funky!"

Miscellaneous:

* National Bicycle Greenway runs from Santa Cruz to Mount Rainier MD

* Community Forklift (recycled building materials storehouse)

Takoma Park turned this gas station into a park,




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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 02:52 AM
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59. Not sure about Portland, OR.
I disagree that Portland is a hippy town. Oh, we definitely have them, but not as high ratio as in Eugene or Corvallis. Portlanders are progressive and liberal, but not hippies.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 03:35 AM
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61. It used to be funkier before they tore down the brewery, and the movie palace
But they do have a bookstore three blocks long, and the side streets
are left cobblestone or unpaved, or end in urban farm plots and
suburban group houses populated by strange denizens out of One Flew
Over the Cuckoos Nest. And you have corner stores where it's
possible to buy a pizza and a milkshake and catch a second-hand film.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 03:54 AM
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63. I love Portland. But it's not really "hippy".
I have this image in my mind of a contemporary hippie, in hippie clothes, smoking weed and playing hacky-sack and playing juice-harps and didgeridoos and freedom dancing in the park. You don't find that as often in Portland as you would in Eugene, for instance.

Portland is chock full of liberals and progressives, and I love it. I'm saying, DO visit Portland, but don't expect it to look like the image above.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 04:01 AM
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64. What about the student population at Reed & Lewis & Clark?
When I picture Reedies, they're walking around campus barefoot,
riding home-made bikes, playing hackysack and carrying a mouth-harp...

But I see what you're saying... still, it's too big to be mostly
hippie -- as opposed to retired ex-hippies turned mainstream liberals.

Well Takoma Park is the same way (and Probably places like Ann Arbor)

It's 100% retired ex-hippies. That's gotta count for something right?

Hey, maybe that's what Florida needs. A retirement village
exclusively for 60s generation. They could call it Kind Palms.
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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 04:10 AM
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65. I grew up in New Hope, PA...
Interesting? Yes.

..."hippie"...I guess...sort of.

Top 50? If they say so.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 05:16 PM
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67. Ojai California...
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 05:35 PM
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68. My 17 year old daughter is in Ithaca
for a month- she is taking a photography course with the new York State School of Media Arts-we drove her up there last weekend- Obama signs everywhere- War is UnITHACAL T shirts- she's gonna love it!
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-04-08 03:31 PM
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70. Flagstaff, AZ especially if you like a little Wild West with your Liberalism
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-04-08 03:42 PM
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71. Flagstaff is cool
Edited on Fri Jul-04-08 03:45 PM by conscious evolution
Then take highway 89A (I think) through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona.After Sedona stay on 89A to Jerome.Jerome was an old mining town the hippies took over.It sits near the top of a mountain and has some spectacular views.
After Jerome continue on 89 to Prescott.This is where the Billy Jack movies were set.The hippy scene centers around Prescott College there.It is very similar to the school depicted in the Billy Jack movies.
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