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Old 01-12-2019, 08:35 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Originally Posted by Katarina Witt View Post
I really don't know what you're getting at with this. You don't say anything about these groups.

Denver: North, south, east, west.

The northeast suburbs are more middle-income with some low income areas, more Hispanic (Adams County as a whole is 40% Hispanic, 50.1% Non-Hispanic white), tends to vote more Democratic. The northwest suburbs are typical suburbia. Jefferson County, on the west side of Denver, runs north-south. Some of the northern Jeffco burbs are among the older suburbs, older residents.

East suburbs: Mostly Aurora. Also more middle-income to low income. Largest African-American community in the metro, including Denver proper.

Southern suburbs: generally more conservative.

Western suburbs: Jefferson County, described above. Includes the unincorporated town of Evergreen in the foothils. Close in Jeffco typical suburbia. Some older burbs close to the city, e.g. Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood. Home of the Coors brewery in Golden.
I left off the names of the suburbs.

Northeast-unincorporated Adams County, Westminster (part), Northglenn, Thornton, Commerce City, Federal Heights.
Northwest-Broomfield, Arvada, Westminster (part); some include the Boulder County towns of Erie, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Boulder. Boulder is a typical college town. BC is actually in a different MSA, but there's a lot of overlap.
South-Centennial, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Southglenn, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, Littleton, Columbine, Chatfield, Ken Caryl, Bow Mar, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Roxborough Park, unincorporated Jefferson County, unincorporated Douglas County
West-Wheat Ridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, Golden, Evergreen, Genessee, Morrison, lots of unincorporated Jefferson County
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:16 AM
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Suburbs generally thought of as divided by North, South, East and West.

South Hills: dense streetcar suburbs closer to the city. generic suburban and highrise apt suburbs further out

North Hills: a few dense streetcar suburbs closer in, newer housing further out. Pricier areas of Pittsburgh suburbs are here. Further out still are newer booming areas like Cranberry Township, generally thought of as generic and soulless, lol.

West: a few dense streetcar suburbs closer in, newer housing further out

East: some denser edge cities like Wilkinsburg, otherwise mostly generic suburbia from the 1950s-1980s. Some old-school mafia towns like New Kensington.

Mon Valley: depressed mill towns that have been struggling for a long time and are still struggling

An unusual point about many Pittsburgh suburbs, is that they are full of apartment towers, something you usually only see a lot of in larger metros. I did a thread on it
Midrise towers in the Pittsburgh suburbs

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Old 01-15-2019, 08:26 AM
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North Shore - Italian
South Shore - Irish
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:02 AM
Location: Terramaria
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Baltimore's suburbs

Northwest (Pikesville, Owings Mills, Garrison)- Jewish and/or WASPY along the I-795 corridor, becoming rural in Carroll County with a somewhat more relaxed atmosphere
North (Towson, Ruxton, Timonium, Hunt Valley)- White collar professionals
Northeast (Perry Hall, Carney, Parkville, Harford County)- Very middle class and diverse
East (Dundalk, Middle River, Essex)- Blue collar workers, "old school" Baltimore
Inner south (Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park)- Similar to east, but less white and a bit more politically liberal, some white flight close to the city limits
Outer south (north central Anne Arundel county)- Middle to upper middle class, liberal
Southwest (Howard county, Arbutus, parts of Catonsville, northwest Anne Arundel county)- DC influence, very liberal and diverse
West (Randallstown, Woodlawn, Lochearn, parts of Catonsville)- Asian, with some black mixed in

Unlike a lot of the city, the suburbs remain pretty steady as far as growth and development for the time being.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:03 PM
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Northtowns-North of the City with less snowfall. Generally more affluent. Ranges from old-school 1950s suburbia (Tonawanda/Kenmore/North Tonawanda) to the upper middle class/wealthy and booming East Amherst/Williamsville/Clarence.

Southtowns- south of the city with more snowfall. Very diverse socioeconomically. Lackawanna/Blasdell/West Seneca more lower middle class-middle class, Hamburg/North Orchard Park/Southern West Seneca/East Aurora/Elma-middle class-upper middle class, Lakeview/Orchard park/ town of aurora-upper middle class to wealthy. Much less dense than other suburbs, gets hilly quick, gets rural quick. Most conservative part of the metro area due to rural exurbs in southern part of the county (Colden/Boston/Holland/Springville/Eden/Evans)

Eastern Suburbs- Cheektowaga/Depew/Village of Lancaster-VERY typical blue collar ethnoburb, straight out of the 1960s. town of Lancaster- very fast growing but still with the Cheektowaga mindset.
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:55 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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I'm going to latch onto Katarina's posts for Denver.

Northern suburbs: Thornton, Northglenn, Commerce City, Brighton. This is the least attractive and least affluent direction in moving out of the city. One could add Lochbuie, Dacono, Firestone, and Frederick as even less attractive suburban exurbs (long commutes, cheaper housing, less attractive scenery). This area is made up of 50's ranches up to brand new crackerbox McMansions, and the scenery is rolling to flat, has few native trees, and has many fairly unattractive ponds, and a particularly stinky/polluted stretch of the South Platte river. Very White and Hispanic, and moderately democratic (but not particularly liberal).

Eastern suburb: Aurora. The most diverse area of the metro area in every way (racially, economically). Ranges from very poor to the top of the upper middle class. It is affordable in comparison to the rest of the metro area, and provides the most bang for the buck. Housing consists of everything from pre-war to built yesterday, but is overwhelmingly suburban (mostly 1960's-1990s), single-family, and typical suburbia of cul-de-sacs and feeder roads inside square grids. I like to think of Aurora as a city of back yard fences, because that's about all you see as you drive through. The scenery is less attractive than the rest of the metro as a whole, but has a complete vista of the Front Range from many locations. It is also flat/rolling, and is typical Great Plains in the east.

Southern suburbs: Greenwood Village, Centennial, Littleton, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Sheridan, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Bow Mar. This is the most affluent, most educated, and generally the most attractive group of suburbs overall. Housing consists of very few pre-war homes (all would be in Englewood or Littleton), many 1950s-2000s suburban tract homes, and a few still being built now. The scenery is mostly flat (though moderately attractive), and elevation rises and the views improve as you go south. Greenwood Village is on the edge of being elite, and Cherry Hills Village indeed is elite. Your who's who of metro Denver is likely to live in the south suburbs if they aren't in an affluent part of the city itself. There are virtually no bad areas here, aside from very small parts of Englewood, and the entirety of Sheridan (which is small).

Southern exurbs: Castle Rock, Parker, Castle Pines. Lower-middle class to elite, but mostly just a huge middle to upper-middle class. These are new suburbs generally lacking in intrinsic charm, and are mostly just series' of tract home developments spread across pretty attractive scenery. The commute to job centers is pretty long, though many commute to the DTC area in the southern suburbs. This area is obscenely car-centric, very conservative politically, very economically segregated, as well as not at all diverse, but a decent alternative to the southern suburbs with a longer commute and cheaper housing.

Western suburbs: Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden (could be included). Roughly corresponds to Jefferson County. Disclaimer: I live in this section. Ranges from poor/urban to suburban/rich. This is what is and definitely feels like the most established series of suburbs in the metro area. If one wanted the heartbeat of "real" metro Denver, one could place themselves in an established part of one of these and get a good idea of what metro Denver is really like. Housing ranges from pre-war (though not much of it) to brand new, with an emphasis on 60's/70's single family. These suburbs are right up against the Front Range foothills, though the suburbs themselves are pretty flat to rolling. The scenery IMO is the most attractive in the non-mountainous section of the metro area. Everything about this area is remarkably average, and not necessarily in the bad way. It is balanced politically, educated at an average level, about average for the metro as it comes to diversity (there is a pretty noted absence of African-Americans, however), and has the benefit of a short commute to downtown/Denver itself. Overall, I find it to be an excellent place to live.

Northwestern suburbs: Westminster, Broomfield, Superior, Louisville, Lafayette. This is the US 36 corridor towards Boulder in general, and all of these could also be considered suburbs of Boulder as well (probably excepting Westminster). Ranges from very poor to very rich, with a strong emphasis on the upper middle class. Westminster and the two L's have very small sections of pre-war housing, but the majority of the rest of the area was built from the 1980's to present. Aside from spectacular views towards the Boulder Flatirons and the Front Range, the ground level scenery is pretty dried out and is moderately unattractive. The area skews liberal, skews quite educated, and has plenty of jobs/shopping along US 36 the whole way to Boulder, and seems to be one of the more consistent/economically progressive parts of the metro area overall. Aside from a tiny part of the oldest part of Westminster, there are flat out NO bad areas to be found here. Diversity is probably above average for the metro area, but still lacking overall.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:45 AM
Location: Boston
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Originally Posted by btownboss4 View Post
Boston has North Shore, South Shore, Merrimack Valley, NH Seacoast,Metrowest. The 95 corridor and between 93, 128 and route 2 is kind of a no mans land

Buffalo is North Towns and South Towns, Rochester and Cleveland have East and West sides.

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Old 01-16-2019, 01:56 PM
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Westside (Green Township, Delhi Township, Miami Township): Predominantly German-Catholic, mix of blue collar and middle class. Most "stereotypical" Cincinnati residents live here.

Eastside (Anderson Township, Mariemont, Indian Hill): Mix of old-money and new-money affluent neighborhoods with some middle class pockets mixed in.

Northern Suburbs (Springfield Township, Forest Park, Fairfield): Boast the highest proportion of African-American and Hispanic residents, predominantly lower middle class to middle class. Once you get further north into exurban areas like West Chester and Liberty Townships the area becomes upper middle class with a lot of new commercial and residential development.

Northeast Suburbs (Sycamore Township, Symmes Township, Mason): Very desirable "new money" area with a bit more commercial activity than the affluent "eastside" burbs. The area's growing Asian population predominantly resides in this area.

Northern Kentucky
(Newport, Covington, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Highland Heights): Urban neighborhoods close to the Ohio River and more suburban middle class areas once you get further south. Some neighborhoods could easily blend in with their Ohio counterparts while others have a more distinct southern/Kentucky flair.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by BostonBornMassMade View Post

Iíve never heard anyone say metro South. Like there is a hole between the South Coast, South Shore and Metro West. Maybe Greater Brockton (thatís what the RTA down there is)

Same thing with Cambridge, Watertown, Arlington, Belmont, Somerville and Medford region between the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Boston proper and Metrowest.
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:57 PM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Originally Posted by btownboss4 View Post
Iíve never heard anyone say metro South. Like there is a hole between the South Coast, South Shore and Metro West. Maybe Greater Brockton (thatís what the RTA down there is)

Same thing with Cambridge, Watertown, Arlington, Belmont, Somerville and Medford region between the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Boston proper and Metrowest.
I once looked up "North Shore" in search and posted on a thread and forgot about it. Only later when I received a rate up did I check it out and realize that I mistakenly posted on the Massachusetts or Boston forum instead of the Long Island forum!

The Boston area has a couple similar place/regional names to Long Island, including North Shore, South Shore and Suffolk County. There is even a Long Island in Boston Harbor.
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