55101 as hipster haven. Um, seriously?

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1 "I hadn't heard that," was the reaction of LX, owner of King of Kitsch in St. Paul, Minn. "I guess it's a well kept secret." 
2 "It's not the hippest place. But it has potential," said Kaylin Cameron, at the one of the food courts in the 55101 area. "It needs more bars and party places. Even if they had a bowling alley. Even that would help." 
3 "Ha! What do you mean?" That was the first reaction of Pino Lipari, the namesake of Pino's Pizza in St. Paul, Minn. "But I'll tell ya, it's on the blow up. There are crazy arts here. Every homey I got is an artist." 
4 "My inner hipster says it's not hip," said Taylor Froehlich, right, at St. Paul's Capitol Guitars. "Buy our record," added Tombie, left. "It's by the Reincineratiors. All the hipsters like it." 
5 Students from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists stopped by the Glimpse Gallery, a pop-up art space in St. Paul, on Nov. 21, 2013. On the topic of St. Paul's "hipness" factor, Tiffany Mixon, right, said "It's only hip if you make it hip." 
6 Lisa Mathieson works on her art at the Black Dog coffeeshop in Lowertown St. Paul on Nov. 21, 2013. "I love living here," she said. "But I don't get a hipster feeling." 
7 "I didn't realize that," said Blake LaVoie. "I guess I'm behind the times." 
8 "It may be a cool place to live. But it's definitely not hipster," said Nigel Parry. "Hipster is like shallow people in love with their own thoughts."