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Old 04-21-2009, 07:39 PM
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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for example it seems in the dc area the most elite areas are upper nw, bethesda, cc, potomac, mclean, gfalls.

perhaps these areas had the prettiest topograpy if you compare them to areas further east?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:30 PM
Location: Augusta GA
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In Peachtree City GA, it is all of the senior Delta pilots that tend to be a big factor.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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In my town, River Oaks tends to be the Old Money part of town and there are some surprisingly rich people. When Monroe was first settled, most estates were settled near the river (Riverside Dr.), and north of the downtown area. As the town grew, the area around Bayou Desaird to the north of town became more settled due to the natural beauty and desire to live on the water. Most homes are older and very gorgeous. I would had moved a home in this neighborhood, but the houses in my price range were too old (I really like new style) The homes in this neighborhood that have every new start at $550,000 and up. Will consider it one day, since it seems to be a great place to raise of family since the homes are close together and it is very safe. It has a "garden district, Old South" feel. I have a new home and a larger home, but none of the experience of having neighborhood kids and roads to easily bike on like this neighborhood.

Also, Frenchman's Bend Country Club and Sterlington areas of my city are affulent--- White flight attributes to this.
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:41 AM
Location: northend hellford
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:14 AM
Location: 602/520
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Scottsdale basically started attracting the wealthy because of a rainy spell (literally) and the death of a woman. The city was poor to lower-middle class through the 1960s. Downtown Scottsdale was run down and decaying. During the 1960s, there were several very wet periods that caused the Indian Bend Wash (a broad, shallow dry river bed) to run more quite often. As a result the Army Corps of Engineers planted grass for flood mitigation. During dry periods (most of the year), the grass served as a greenbelt system, with parks and golf courses abounding. This greenbelt system, relatively unheard of in Arizona at the time, attracted wealthier families.

At the same time, Ms. McCormick, owner of a VERY large ranch in the city died off, leaving a very large swath of scrubland upon which houses were constructed. Because of the attractive greenbelt system which had recently been established, developers in the McCormick Ranch built upscale housing, attracting more wealthy people. The city's tax base increased tremendously, and the city used the increased revenue to buy and destroy run down properties downtown through eminent domain. The city repalaced the run down properties with a performing arts center and restaurants. This made Scottsdale even more attractive to wealthy and nouveau riche, and opened more land up to development to the north and east of downtown upon which expensive homes were constructed.

Eventually, Scottsdale Fashion Square (a high-end mall) and other upscale shopping located in Scottsdale, along with more golf courses and resorts, solidifying Scottsdale's role as an affluent city.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:41 AM
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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From the 1800s when the wealthy from the city had summer mansions on Long Island. Mostly along the water. That's where the term "the gold coast" came about. Then you had the likes of Great Gatsby people in the 1920s who lived in these mansions. Once the 40s came, the sprawl in other areas began happening. You will find the nicest areas of Long Island along the coasts of the island, especially the north shore (where I'm from ).
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Old 04-22-2009, 06:19 AM
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Like the Gold Coast on LI, the Buckhead area of Atlanta began as 'gentleman farms', or country estates of 100+ acres for the wealthy residents of the city. As the city began to move up Peachtree Road, the old estates began to be subdivided and the area became more suburban.
Below are some examples of the original estate homes in Buckhead. The area was annexed into the city in 1952.


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Old 04-22-2009, 06:51 AM
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In the Kansas City area it is the Nouveau Riche and they could be more appropriately described as effluent and not affluent.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:55 AM
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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The most affluent parts of Youngstown--neighborhoods in the SW corner of the city--are that way because they are the newest, and most suburban-like parts of the city.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:35 AM
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In Minneapolis and Saint Paul the nicest neighborhoods grew on the hilltops around both cities -- Lowry Hill in Mpls. and Cathedral Hill in Saint Paul. As the cities grew, wealthy areas grew around water. The Chain of Lakes in Mpls., Lake Minnetonka outside of Mpls. White Bear Lake outside of Saint Paul.
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