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Old 01-07-2014, 10:10 AM
Location: Long Island/NYC
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No. Even in the same metro they can be different. The suburban areas within NYC are different from the suburban areas towards the outer reaches of the NYC area.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:02 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
You gave a fairly accurate description of Beaver Falls, though I disagree with a few points. The mills weren't all along the river (the Beaver in this case). There was a mill on the main street, albeit in the "lower end" which was no longer a real business district. Armstrong Cork had two facilities in town, neither on the river. B&W had a huge installation nowhere near the river. It was the main employer. In fact, only Moltrup Steel, a small family owned steel company, was located on the river.
The actual layout often varied depending upon the local topography. For example, places like Clairton and Duquense had little flat land by the river, so there wasn't any room for residential near the mills. Still, this is the stereotyped layout of a western PA mill town if it had the room to be expansive.

Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
The class distinctions are annoying. There wasn't much difference in pay between the steelworkers, especially the more skilled workers, and the engineers.
It depends in some cases on the vintage of the town in question. In some of the older river boroughs there is a big difference at least in terms of the housing quality you find closer to the mills versus at some remove. As commuter rail systems began to develop it became easy for the executives to live in a nearby rich borough (say Sewickley) and commute in, so later mill towns didn't show significant variation.
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