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Old 10-04-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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What would you call some of the greatest contrasts of neighboring places in the US (or Canada)? This can run the gamut from a neighboring suburb of a city that have values 180 degrees apart from one another, to neighboring counties, or neighboring states. Like, If you were to sit at a bar or tavern and chat with the locals, and asked them about an associated neighboring locality and they are quick to react and call out how different they are from one another. What neighboring neighborhoods, cities, counties, or states would you find the most contrasts?

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Old 10-04-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Weather-wise, perhaps Palm Springs, CA, a low desert area with palm trees and 120 degree highs, in contrast to its neighbor Idyllwild, CA, a high mountain area with pine trees and all 4 seasons.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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There are some famous urban examples where two divergent places are separated by a single street. Like the relatively quiet Illinois suburb of Oak Park and the "troubled" Chicago neighborhood of Austin. Or the city of Detroit's northern boundary at 8 Mile Rd. with inner-ring suburbs like Warren. Delmar Blvd. has this kind of role within St. Louis.

On a state level, the Oregon-Nevada border has a total of two inhabited settlements, only one of which (McDermitt and the nearby Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation) has any real services. Portland and Las Vegas are almost 1,000 miles from each other by road, so there's not a great deal linking those two states aside from that little town.

And going back to Detroit, the contrast between that place and Windsor, Ontario right across the straits is quite sharp.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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And going back to Detroit again, on a racial makeup level, Detroit = 83% Black, next to Dearborn =89% White (and 42% of those counted as White are Arab)
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:01 PM
 
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There are some famous urban examples where two divergent places are separated by a single street. Like the relatively quiet Illinois suburb of Oak Park and the "troubled" Chicago neighborhood of Austin. Or the city of Detroit's northern boundary at 8 Mile Rd. with inner-ring suburbs like Warren. Delmar Blvd. has this kind of role within St. Louis.

On a state level, the Oregon-Nevada border has a total of two inhabited settlements, only one of which (McDermitt and the nearby Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation) has any real services. Portland and Las Vegas are almost 1,000 miles from each other by road, so there's not a great deal linking those two states aside from that little town.

And going back to Detroit, the contrast between that place and Windsor, Ontario right across the straits is quite sharp.
Actually, there are middle class areas of Detroit near 8 Mile.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:50 PM
 
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LA County is one of the most solidly blue counties in the country, while Orange County is one of the most solidly red counties.

The city of SF is generally one of the coldest cities in summer, while the East Bay suburbs in the are of Pleasanton, Livermore, etc. easily reach 100 during summer months.

Malibu's coast can be in the 70s in the summer, but drive just about 10 miles over the mountains and temperatures can push 110.

Basically every county surrounding Louisville's Jefferson County is extremely red, but Jefferson County is almost entirely blue except for the southern parts.

Maryland is one of the richest states with some of the most beautiful and prosperous suburbs thanks to DC. But it borders WV and we all know WV's story...
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Weather-wise, perhaps Palm Springs, CA, a low desert area with palm trees and 120 degree highs, in contrast to its neighbor Idyllwild, CA, a high mountain area with pine trees and all 4 seasons.
Took the 10-15 minute tram ride, and went through something like 9 ecosystems? Hated every minute in Palm Springs, but really enjoyed the ride and chillin' with the pines and squirrels (like back home).
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