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Madrid on best hippie city list

SANTA FE, N.M. — Worried about a Trumpian apocalypse?

If you live in northern New Mexico, then you don’t have to go far to find one of “The 12 Best Hippie Cities For Stressed-Out Progressives In 2016,” as determined by ReverbPress.

“There’s a perception that cities are blue bastions even in red states, and it’s very true,” the article begins. “But some urban havens are true blue hippie cities, where their progressive values, laid back living, and liberal laws make them top travel destinations for the besieged, fun-loving, and refuge-seeking liberal.”

Based on some research by travel.alot.com, ReverbPress produced a top dozen list.

“Meditation, yoga, environmental awareness, marijuana, a bicycle culture – Reverb Press has delved into what makes 12 of these places special retreats and top travel destinations where stressed-out progressives can recover.”

Nope, Santa Fe didn’t make the list. But Madrid (N.M., not the other one that’s mispronounced in Spain) came in fourth, behind only Mount Shasta, Calif.; Northhampton, Mass.; and Lawrence, Kan., and ahead of the likes of Madison, Wisc., Marfa, Texas, and Yellow Springs, Ohio. Santa Fe does get a mention, though.

“Madrid is a town reborn,” readers are told. “Originally a coal-mining town, it disappeared along with the popularity of coal, becoming a ghost town of abandoned buildings. Those buildings have been restored and, as in Yellow Springs, painted in a colorful array of hues. As with others of these destinations, they’ve become home to an artists’ colony, but in a deserty, mountainous environment. Madrid is not totally unique in the area, since it’s close to Santa Fe, but it is more removed from the madding crowd.”

Some of us locals might say that the good thing about Madrid is that you don’t have to be into meditation, yoga, environmental awareness, marijuana or bicycle culture to enjoy yourself there.

Just jump on your fossil-fuel-guzzling Harley and tootle on down to join kindred spirits at the Mine Shaft Tavern, where the enjoyments are more traditional, and in varieties enjoyed by red and blue partisans alike. Yes, you could take a bicycle, if that’s your pleasure, but motorcycles and The Mine Shaft are a thing.

You can see the article at reverbpress.com.

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