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charlie / May 19, 2009 6:54 AM

DIY Architecture

p / May 19, 2009 7:35 AM

roller skating rinks in all the vacant circuit cities.

and the continued resurgence of briefs (the undrwr).

printdude / May 19, 2009 8:42 AM

Pedal-powered buses.

Home-bottled water.

a Lawn Bowling resurgence.

Jasmine / May 19, 2009 10:38 AM

Doughnuts are going to make a comeback. Okay, maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

maardvark / May 19, 2009 10:57 AM

Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase (they call it mellow yellow, quite rightly).

steve / May 19, 2009 11:15 AM

my ass, if i dont get me to a gym

Alison / May 19, 2009 11:24 AM

Ha, Steve! You and me both.

Um, croquet? And, unfortunately, I believe late 70s-early 80s decorating.

madachode / May 19, 2009 12:32 PM

A mandatory military draft for all who turn 18, in school or out does not matter.

A. Lewellen / May 19, 2009 12:34 PM

Snack foods that come in edible bags.

GPS enabled smart shoes.

Mandatory revolving doors on all new building that will be attached to turbines that generate clean energy.

iPhones that take decent photo's

Guy Smiley / May 19, 2009 12:50 PM

Something old school and "ironic", a la the return of dodgeball and PBR. So...
1. Battleship
2. Stroh's or Lowenbrau beer
3. Vidal Sasoon jeans
4. Pong or Intellivision-based videogames
5. The band Sweet (tribute album)
6. Boom boxes and Walkmen (casettes in general)
7. Dress-up Fridays (as opposed to casual)

Brubeck / May 19, 2009 3:15 PM

1. A co-opt of something Japanese that's already played out in Japan.

2. A new traveling food show, except the host is a gay emo guy who brings on Kathy Griffin and Heidi Klum as guests and sends Twitter messages about his shoe collection.

@Guy Smiley:
The Die Hipster website has already reported on incidences of bozos who try to be old-school by using Sony Walkmans.

Guy Smiley / May 19, 2009 4:04 PM

@Guy Smiley:
The Die Hipster website has already reported on incidences of bozos who try to be old-school by using Sony Walkmans.

Dang. Well, how about original iPods?... the plain "black and white" screen, 1GB of memory...
Original iPod

snuh / May 19, 2009 4:50 PM

fashion-forward sweatpants.

Carrie / May 19, 2009 5:12 PM

something that will be even bigger and better than myspace and facebook combined. And then I will have to wait another 2 years before signing up b/c I know that as soon as I do, the next big thing will come out.

fluffy / May 19, 2009 8:46 PM

I agree about the roller skating rinks.
Also, 1970's tennis dresses will make a comeback in women's fashion. Also pineapple will be big, and people dressing in only shades of grey. I know of other things, but I can't share them right now.

mike-ts / May 19, 2009 10:15 PM


spence / May 20, 2009 9:30 AM

stencil graffiti

Spook / May 20, 2009 12:33 PM

increased summer handgun violence

Guy Smiley / May 20, 2009 12:40 PM

Voting out incumbents. Seriously. In the next few years...Shiller...dead. Joe Moore...dead. Todd Stroger...dead. Neidemier...dead.

Ramsin / May 20, 2009 12:42 PM

Your mom. She's already big, but she's gonna get HUGE.

madachode / May 20, 2009 1:38 PM

the end of Hipsters, bike lanes (roads are for cars) and organic food

Dutch101 / May 20, 2009 2:30 PM

Yo-yos, and Tommy Smothers will be a hero again.

Space-themed fashion, so that everything has rings and stuff like in the Jetsons.

I too forsee a return to, if not actual '70s decor, then at least the palette, everything brown, orange and "avocado". Hopefully there will be more stuff bearing a mushroom motif too.

Guy Smiley / May 20, 2009 2:42 PM

the end of Hipsters

I think you're right, because the "hipster" thing is gonna implode into self-parody (hipsters dressing like "hipsters" because it's ironic?). But what will replaced them? There's gotta be some cliquish group with their own codes and manner of dress, etc. A return to the "preppy" look (Izods, etc) but in an "ironic" way?

Also, I see the rise of gay rap/hip-hop. It's out there now but it will get bigger.

mary / May 20, 2009 3:26 PM

rasberry ants

David / May 20, 2009 3:41 PM

The end of wires.

Just moved houses, had to unhook everything and am starting to plug it all back in. It's not pretty.

I remember reading about recent breakthroughs with transmitting electricity without wires, and as I sat zombie-eyed on the only flat surface in our new place (thank you, coffee table), I thought about how nice it would be to be able to just bring a piece of technology into your house, set it down, turn it on, and just have it work. No power cords, no RCA cords, no USB.

I sure hope this one actually happens.

Mimi / May 21, 2009 12:01 AM

The end of the depression and me not working 12+ hour days due to layoffs...

mike / May 21, 2009 3:23 AM

Whatever Latinos are doing.

mike / May 21, 2009 10:21 AM

I want formica to come back and put an end to granite. My friends have a red and white 50s kitchen and it's so cool. White stainless steel cabinets and red formica countertop with silver flecks and a stainless steel edge. The owners could have easily ripped it all out when it became passe, but they didn't, someone took care of it, and now it's unique,

Spook / May 21, 2009 12:57 PM

oh and
wigwams, big F*cking wigwams!

annie / May 21, 2009 1:11 PM

I love the roller rink idea in the former Circuit City stores, but I would also suggest those fake surfing water rides..I've seen them on travel shows on cruise ships but recently saw an article on how malls are attracting them for vacant big box stores.
Staycations will be big this summer so we are going to see many more midwestern tourists! I don't really care as long as they are spending money in our neighborhoods and not downtown!

Brandy / May 21, 2009 2:55 PM

Mike, I hope you're right about Formica. I've got no love for slate and granite kitchens. Give me the formica any day!

p / May 21, 2009 10:24 PM

annie can we address this reclaiment of big box/change of use idea w/ a feasilbility & readiness assesment? what sorts of approvals/variances are necesary? let sum planners plan.

annie / May 22, 2009 10:23 AM

p, I didn't say it was a good idea, I just saw an article on it.

Kevin / May 22, 2009 10:25 AM

"roads are for cars"

So quaint. There must be a 180 year old person somewhere that you could talk to that says the same thing about horses.

V / May 23, 2009 9:03 AM


paul / May 23, 2009 9:58 AM

Tent cities and soup lines will be huge.

Violet will become the new orange and inner shadow will be the new drop shadow.

Luke / May 23, 2009 11:35 AM

My Luddite brother-in-law was recently heard saying "I hope that picture doesn't end up on MyFace".

I think he's onto something...

Steven / May 24, 2009 10:56 PM

Asian-Irish fusion restaurants. Hello Kitty O'Shea's serving corned beef sashimi. It will happen.

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