because they (NPR) always seem to believe they are saying something really fresh and profound about a place or a “scene” when they tag it thus. But the real force behind our mania for the vibrant is the nation’s charitable foundations. For organized philanthropy, “vibrant” seems to have become the one-stop solution for all that ails the American polis. — The Baffler
Thomas Frank comments on "vibrant cities" and on their fallacy in an article for the Baffler. The role of arts and creative class in most recent euphoric city makings are closely analyzed and exposed. "Vibrant" equaling to "thriving" and hollow?
Somewhat related "Gin Fizz Urbanism"