Portland may be known for its multitude of drummers with tattoos of inanimate objects, but you see just as many toasters with wings on peoples biceps and Eat Local tote-bags at the farmers market in Durham, North Carolina, where the hot social event is vegan brunch at the queer bar.

But more so than yogis and cyclists and kombucha babies, what cities like Portland and Asheville, Carrboro and Durham, San Francisco and Austin have in common i