You know Stuff White People Like, the popular (and hilarious) blog that was spun into a New York Times bestseller?
Using the same criteria Stuff White People Like used to discover what stuff white people like, a wacally real estate site has compiled the top 10 American cities white people like most, and our own Irvine finished No. 5.
Two things struck me about this:
1) Irvine sure as hell winds up on a lot of top 10 lists; search our archives for "Irvine" and "top 10" and I'm sure a bunch of results will come back because it seems as if I've blogged about 'em a bunch lately.
2) I was just interviewing an Irvine resident (yes, he's white and loves it there) at a Mexican joint in the Woodbridge area and, as I was sitting outside before he showed up around lunchtime, it struck me that me, a young guy with a red beard and a guy in military fatigues were the only white people occupying bench seats. There were also a couple Latinas (one in military fatigues sitting across from the white guy wearing the same) and a WHOLE bunch of Asian folks of every age there and inside and outside adjacent shops.
Which just means Irvine is very diverse--and you know how much white people love diversity. They have entire human relations commissions, bouts of white guilt and guard-gated communities devoted to that love!
Irvine finished at No. 5 in the Movoto Top Cities White People Like rankings, just ahead of Seattle and just behind Jersey City, New Jersey. (WTF?)
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Portland, Oregon was numero uno, and the only other California cities to crack the top 10 were San Francisco (No. 2) and Glendale (No. 10).
Among the 25 criteria examined to compile these rankings were number of soccer teams, tattoo shops, farmer's markets and microbreweries. Which reminds me: I need to break for a $7 glass of double IPA brewed in an oak wine barrel and named Satan's Undergarments or somesuch.