Not As Groovy: Top 17 Hippie Cities List Mentions Marin as Spot the Rich Hippies Moved To

Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland made the list, but the honor came with a side of snarky commentary. Are these signs of the Bay Area’s wavering hippie heyday?

Patch file photo
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By Jessica Mullins and Charles Burress 

Were the authors of Estately's list of the Top 17 cities for hippies too stoned to do their work correctly?

Or perhaps the Bay Area is changing more than some want to admit?

In a recent ranking of "best U.S. cities for hippies,” Berkeley fell to number eight, San Francisco was listed as number 15 and Oakland was ranked as number 12.

The assessment said the hippies that came of age in San Francisco and Berkeley “got priced out and ended up in Oakland (the ones who got rich moved to Marin).”

Also, it referred to San Francisco, “the city where most of this hippie stuff started,” as mostly “running on hippie fumes at this point.”

And Berkeley? "The tie-dyed glory of the past is slowly burning out just like so many Berkeley hippies did before."

I’m sure most of our Patch readers are familiar with Marin’s rock-and-roll past and hippie heyday. I mean, Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh and Bob Weir live here and we all know the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia used to call Marin home

I understand Marin’s tiny towns, and the hippiest among them — Fairfax and Bolinas — are too minuscule for a list of hippie cities. But, still. Shouldn’t Marin have gotten a better shout out?

Taking first place on the list is Eugene, Ore., followed by Olympia, Wash., in second, and Asheville, N.C., third.

Also topping Berkeley are Boulder, Colo. (4th), Portland, Ore. (5th), Burlington, Vt. (6th) and Ithaca, N.Y. (7th).

The ranking was compiled by Estately.com, a Seattle-based online real estate company with a penchant for compiling curious "best" lists, including "11 Best States for Bigfoot to Live" and "13 Best U.S. Cities for Mermaids to Live."

The ranking for hippie-friendly cities was derived from "a formula based on marijuana availability and legality, number of stores selling hemp, local counter-culture icons, tie-dye availability, hippie festivals, progressive government, intensity of Occupy protests, and a Facebook poll," according to Estately.com.

The Santa Cruz Patch was shocked the city didn’t even make the list.


What’s your reaction? Tell us in the comments.  



Reginald "Rex" Henderson September 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I have already been carrying on, Syrah. You don't know the half of it.
Syrah September 27, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Go get em' T-Rex!
Selena Xochitl Martinez November 16, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Oh Rex, if only you knew what I know about what I say. But you do not. Have you ever shared a joint with me in public? Plus you have never been in my skirt to know about my panties. Stick to what you do know.
Syrah November 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Oh snap Selena, don't wake the beast!
Selena Xochitl Martinez November 16, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I just could not resist Syrah, besides, its a beautiful day for slaying dragons.....
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 25, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Selena and Syrah - you are both immoral heathens.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
And are quite possibly lovers.
Syrah December 29, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Thanks Reggie, I'll take that as a compliment!
Selena Xochitl Martinez January 07, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Yes, I make a wonderful lover, now about my morals, parent, community member, teacher, veteran, dedicated to serving those in need, good person all around, those are some good morals, I bet Syrah is quite awesome as well as with excellent morals. But when it comes to slaying dragons, I have no morals and no mercy
Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Selena when did you become a veteran? That is a part of you I didn't know. I think that is a fraudulent claim.
C Ross January 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM
@Rex: Oh darn, I don't even know why I'm responding to this, because it will no doubt turn the finger toward me. But, regardless of my personal views and disagreements with S & S, even I can assure you that Selena's claim of being a veteran is not fraudulent.
Syrah January 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Reggie honey, go take your Geritol!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM
You all are talking to a REAL vet.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 29, 2014 at 10:42 PM
@ C Ross - personal knowledge, eh?
C Ross January 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Oh, what the heck...I'm bored tonight. Rex, let me just say that based on the little bit that I do know this is giving me a good laugh. Give it a rest, honey. Regardless of what I think of the players involved, I'm afraid that you're the one that's going to end up feeling mighty foolish. ;)
Syrah January 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Oh snap C. Ross, you're on point tonight! Good goin' girl. Reggie, does that REAL vet come with a sidecar of PTSD? There are groups for that....
Reginald "Rex" Henderson February 09, 2014 at 11:11 AM
I thought that this post was about hippies, not my war record! And I prefer to call what I have "combat fatigue", sot some trendy acronym for sliced liver wurst
Syrah February 09, 2014 at 12:34 PM
True Reggie, true. Hippies and War don't mix. Good luck with your liver!
Selena Xochitl Martinez February 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I served in the US Navy on board the USS Haleakala AE25 from 1974 until 1976, I am a Vietnam era veteran. I Receive all my medical care at the San Francisco VA Medical center at Ft. Miley. I have volunteered at the SFVAMC as I hold Veterans in high regard. BTW, i have a medical appointment at the SFVAMC today and this friday to see my endochronologist who oversees my hormone replacement therapy, my transgender care etc. My family has served in the US military for many generations, my Dad served in the DIA Air Force branch for 22 years, my uncle served for 32 years and was the Captain of the USS Oriskany and the USS Ponce, my other uncle retired after 20 years of Naval service. My ancestor; Jose Joaquin Moraga was the military leader of the Anza expedition. Moraga was the first commander of the San Francisco presidio in 1776. Going back even further, my native american ancestors were Apache, Yaqui and Azteca warriors. I have been a martial artist for most of my life and continue the tradition of warriors, but now I'm a "Rainbow warrior" and have taught many students Karate in the Ross valley since 1990. Now I am a nursing student with my goal being to work at the veterans hospital so that I may serve my fellow veterans. I respect and thank you for your service Mr. Henderson, but that does not mean I respect your opinions.
Syrah February 12, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I'm vying for a Selena/Reggie coffee date! Book club? War stories?
Selena Xochitl Martinez February 12, 2014 at 01:34 PM
I think a boxing match would be best.
Syrah February 12, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Ooooh! I'll be the referee!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson February 12, 2014 at 05:56 PM
I gave up combat years ago. War is ugly. And I salute your service as well, Selena. Let's call a truce on all of this jibber jabber.
Syrah February 12, 2014 at 06:27 PM
I prefer the stalk and ambush approach myself.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson February 13, 2014 at 03:34 AM
Syrah, shush please. No more jibber jabber. And that's an order, Bucko!
Syrah February 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM
That's Buck-ette to you, sir! (I give commands, not take them). :)
Reginald "Rex" Henderson February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM
I've decided that I like you fellows now that I know you were in the service. What happened with the rest of your life's doesn't matter. You served your country well. Unfortunately, while gays are now allowed in the military transgender are not. I think they are afraid of a Corporal Klinger scenario.
SCW February 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM
As a passive spectator I've been following this epic saga throughout its duration and I must say, it has be thoroughly entertaining... hilarious and uplifting at times, devastating and demoralizing at others. However, I have noted a clear evolution in the dialogue... a steady progression from anger and indifference building towards friendship and understanding. I'm somewhat hesitant to intervene, but it dawned on me that it would be fascinating if Reginald, Selena, and Syrah were to meet in person over coffee / tea / cigarettes and take this discourse to a more human level, then collectively write a concluding article for the Patch (or another more credible publication) about the outcome. Let me know if you need a moderator.
Syrah February 14, 2014 at 06:25 PM
SCW, no cigarettes~! Those are gross!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson February 15, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Smoking is not so bad - but I quit years ago when I lost my old lady to the Big C. I actually prefer second hand smoke, like when your date is a smoker, you've got her boozed up and are about to make love. But I'd meet up with this pair anytime. Tea is not my thing, I brew a decent pot of coffee in the morning. I also have a full bar set up at my house.


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