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Childless D.C. Hipsters Are Scornful of Everyone Else, Complains Gadfly

The Thanksgiving holiday's only been over for a day, but maybe you're missing your crankier relatives already. If so, you'll love today's installment of top Washington grumpsletter themail.

Newsletter proprietor Gary Imhoff's ostensible jumping-off point is a Post story about increased visitor parking restrictions in Ward 1, which do sound like they'll be annoying. But he soon gets to the real culprit: those hipsters!

"This city’s planners have decided that it should be only for young, wealthy, single hipsters," he writes. "Families and old people and people who have friends in distant neighborhoods aren’t welcome."

Imhoff's also not happy that Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony Hood caught some criticism earlier this month for saying that he doesn't see many people biking to the grocery store.

"These are people who see their lifestyle, their current lifestyle, as the normal, natural way that everyone should live, and are scornful of anyone who would actually buy provisions for an entire family," Imhoff writes. He also describes these footloose and fancy-free hipsters as "alone in life," which seems pretty harsh.

Astute themail observers will remember that this isn't the newsletter's first campaign against the young. Last month, contributor Karl Jeremy lamented that new Washington residents meant, among other things, more playgrounds in area parks.

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  • DC

    "These are people who see their lifestyle, their current lifestyle, as the normal, natural way that everyone should live, and are scornful of anyone who [acts differently]"

    I could not describe Imhoff any better.

  • Euktrain

    "Kids today don't even read newsletters. They're all like: 'Is this ballot 4G?'" -- Drunk Uncle

  • Talc

    huh. interesting.

    i thought citypaper was the original grumpster.

  • A.Roddy

    "He also describes these footloose and fancy-free hipsters as "alone in life," which seems pretty harsh."

    If parents are so happy why do they committ suicide and kill their children? I think most of the frustration from childless ,some not by choice, are these kinds of statements because they are not'politically correct'

  • Chris

    I live in the 'burbs and come into the city to hear music. A while back, I noticed these parking restrictions in the H St. N.E. area, which I've pretty much abandoned. More recently, they've shown up in the U St. area. Apparently, the DC government does not want suburbanites driving in to see music at the Black Cat, the 9:30, DC9, etc. I guess we create too much competition for tickets for the U St. and Columbia Heights hipster crowd. The DC government seems to be saying that the only people allowed to see music in DC are those who can walk, ride a bike, or ride a unicycle to these areas. Oh well, I know when I (and my money) are not wanted.

  • Chay

    I, too, live in the 'burbs and come in to the city to hear music. These parking restrictions are simply anti-business. With extremely limited pay parking lots, only those that can walk will go to the shows. Don't get me wrong, I was one of the original "hipsters" around U street 25 years ago, but kids, school, etc, forced the move to the 'burbs. I still like to come down for shows, but I'm more likely to go the Filmore in Silver Spring with these parking restrictions in place.

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