Why North Park San Diego CA is on of America’s best hipster neighborhoods.

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North Park Sand Diego CA, A paradise for people looking for cultural diversity. Forbes recently dubbed North Park as one of the best hipster (A name for people who are outside the cultural mainstream) neighborhoods in America.

Why wouldn’t they? the area is home to Craftsman cottages, cafes and diners, coffee shops, several microbreweries, boutiques, and the North Park Farmers Market. The North Park Theater and the Ray Street Arts District are also bastions of creativity in the area.

If we take a better look at North Park, it’s actually a pretty awesome place to spend your lifetime in. A Great neighborhood, Has lot’s of character and is a good central location. Close to downtown, not far from beaches so a quick “Vitamin Sea” getaway  is quite easy to schedule. Not to mention that everything you need – bars, restaurants, newsstand, coffee houses, library, post office, grocery is just walking distance from each other.

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Every Thursday 3PM – 7PM A farmers market emerges on North Park Way between 32nd Street and Herman, South of CVS. They feature over 35 independent vendors, locally grown produce, gourmet, ethnic food, arts, crafts, books and often, live music. This is one of the best ways to spend your Thursday afternoons. Imagine going to a walking distance market with your pals or family enjoying ethnic food  and going home full and with bags of fresh produce.

 

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The daily facilities that you would need is always just a few minutes drive away. North Park Elementary school is a perfect place for the kids to go to and North Park Family Health Center can always provide you with the medical attention that you need.

 

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Even the houses in the neighborhood are artistic in their own way, North Park 92104 is an area of diverse architectural styles. in the Morley Field area of North Park, this area is lined with turn-of-the-century Craftsman Bungalows and California Bungalows which are styles that is popular across the US and to varying extents elsewhere from around 1910 to 1939.

North Park may be titled as a hipster neighborhood but it’s also an ideal community to grow a family in. you never run out of things to do, facilities are just blocks away from each other and the area just gives you an artistic vibe that sets it apart from other neighborhoods.

 

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The Butbut tribe of Buscalan, A community hidden above the Philippine mountains.

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The tattoo community of the north, the Butbut tribe is located 17 hours away from the city of Manila. This small community is slowly opening their door to the public over the past couple of years, providing guests with accommodation, a taste of culture and the main reason why travelers from all around the world visit the place, the traditional Kalinga tattooing.

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Buscalan, a small community in the municipality of Tinglayan, is inhabited by about 200 households. Primarily, they thrive on rice agriculture and recently, on tourism. The Butbuts live on huts stilted from the ground. It is traditionally made of hardwood and grass roof. Today, new houses are built made of the usual construction material which shows just how much progress the community gained in the past couple of years.

The main force that pulls travelers into Buscalan is it’s traditional tribal tattooing, which they now offer to visitors for a few hundred pesos depending on what size you get. The tattoo is imprinted on your skin using materials such as the Pomelo tree’s thorn being the needle and coal turned to ash as the ink.

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This unique art form is in danger of disappearing due to the fact that its one and only living master, Apo Whang-Od is almost a hundred years old and was only able to pass on the traditional technique to two grand daughters Grace and El yang who are still going to school by taking a 2-3 mile hike.

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Buscalan, has recently been a top destination for tattoo enthusiasts, hikers, mountaineers, artists and curious travelers as this community just gives you a taste of culture that you cannot get anywhere else. But right now, the tribe is also slowly adapting the to the modern world as electricity and television has just reached their village in 2014.

As tourism is helping this tribe, it also can be a cause for their traditional ways to disappear. right now this community is growing faster than ever and every visitor needs to give back in the way of donations and respecting their area by taking their trash along with them as they leave.