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Old 11-27-2009, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by DADASGIRL View Post
I'm not just talking about blacks here - i've found that the largest congregations of blacks in the nw burbs are collectively found in "affordable housing" complexes away from the folks paying a mortgage every month. There are Hindi/Indian/ & Hispanic influxes that cause noses to wrinkle and i'm not getting it. the nw burbs have yet to become any semblance of cabrini green - and a few occurances of crime from some bad apples seem like a sorry excuse...
"Affordable Housing" code for low income, subsidized or section 8 housing. No one wants to live near that. These places are nothing but trouble.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:43 PM
Location: Columbus,Ohio
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Originally Posted by almost3am View Post
Other things to think about: newer houses, bigger houses, bigger lots, new schools, new stores, easy and cheap transportation by car, garages to store the cars, wider roads for the cars...there were a lot of desirable characteristics to new suburbs that fit a changing lifestyle.

My dad grew up in a small, rural coal mining town with lots of open space. They raised chickens and had a garden. He went to college and got a good technical job. Eventually he was transferred to downtown Chicago and had zero interest in a small house on a small lot for our family of 6. He built out in Addison and then Glen Ellyn as these cities were developing. The Glen Ellyn house was his first house with a driveway and garage. Nothing really about white flight to this story, as he never really lived in a big city. The suburbs fit his preferred lifestyle better.
Now today those same suburbs are suffering the same fate as many city neighborhoods back them. A good number houses and strip malls built in the 1950s and 1960s were not all that attractive to begin with and now they are aging not too gracefully. Strip shopping centers are closing and stores remaining vacant do not make an area desireable. So IMHO history is just repeating itself - white and /or middle class flight from the city neighborhoods in the 50s and 60s and now it is occurring in the suburbs built in those decades.
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