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?

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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.  



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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