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Old 11-17-2016, 08:05 AM
 
Location: A van down by the river
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Sometimes it isn't just age? But construction materials used and quality of it. Also if most of its life it was well token care of. Before it became a area with some declines?

In using Chicago as a example:
It has great construction of its old stock housing to even its 50s early mid-century neighborhoods. All mostly brick or combination stone fronts and brick the rest. It has a BUNGLOW-BELT that is 1/3 of the city built 1910 - 1940. Its incredible how well this BRICK CRAFTSMEN BUNGLOW 2-story homes held up. Never needed exteriors changed.

Chicago bungalow*·*Buildings of Chicago*·*Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF
Their origin story.
Around 1910, an enterprising architect adapted the traditional square wooden bungalow to accommodate Chicago’s standard 125-by-25 lot and its challenging weather. They had front lawns and full alleyways in back where garages later could be built. Also the Power-lines ran through the Alleys not the fronts. That started a trend that would dominate the next three decades of home building in the city. By the time the Great Depression hit, some 80,000 Chicago Bungalows stood.

Examples.

1920s built neighborhood.
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9376...g!2e0!7i13312!

Its back alleyway
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9385...7i13312!8i6656

Picture example. 1920 1930s homes hold up well.






1950's mid-century though newer hold up well.
Those 20s and 30s Chicago homes are gorgeous.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Welcome to Arlington, Texas! It's the world capital of "not ghetto, but very marginal". Pawn shops, payday loan, and crappy used car lots are on every corner.

Actually, a lot of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is exactly like this.
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Old 11-17-2016, 01:19 PM
 
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It's not semantics. A rowhouse is a single-family house which is attached on one or both sides. Apartment buildings, with or without first-floor commercial, are not rowhouses.
Row houses are single family houses? I could never tell.. I thought they are canoes or at least large scale kayaks?

Regardless, graffiti makes and older house look more of a dump than it already is..
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Old 11-19-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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Boston, Providence, Worcester, and most New England Cities (barring Hartford) don't really have very bad neighborhoods.
Some areas like South Main in Worcester, parts of Dorchester or South Providence are a bit rundown, but nothing jarring.
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:42 PM
 
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Old housing stock totally does not make an area dumpy.
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:49 PM
 
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You're absolutely right. It's a silly, suburban POV. The few Chicago neighborhoods with significant amounts of attached housing are among the nicest. Most of DC's worst neighborhoods have lower rates of attached housing than its nicer neighborhood. Detroit and New Orleans have plenty of blight without rowhomes.

Generational poverty and abandonment cause neighborhoods to fall into disrepair.
Yes!

I would muuuuuch rather live here


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lo...!4d-73.9842724

Than here

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Al...!4d-73.4082085
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:55 PM
 
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:50 AM
 
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In all fairness, I hated living in the LES. Living on a block with destination nightlife made me understand the NIMBYs. That said, I'd go back there before I went somewhere like the second link. My new sweet-spot is 2-5 blocks away from everything, not right in the middle of everything.
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:47 PM
 
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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In all fairness, I hated living in the LES. Living on a block with destination nightlife made me understand the NIMBYs. That said, I'd go back there before I went somewhere like the second link. My new sweet-spot is 2-5 blocks away from everything, not right in the middle of everything.
Not all of the LES is jumping though, some blocks seem relatively quiet.
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