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Old 04-14-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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Not an original thread, but I am going to try to tally up the results.

It seems to me that west is generally more affluent than east (i.e. L.A., Washington, Houston, Montreal, Vancouver, London, Berlin) and north sides more affluent than south (i.e. Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas), though there are of course many exceptions. Some cities/metros (like NYC) it's hard to put any direction at all - Manhattan is generally affluent but you can't predict where say, the law firm partners live as easily - they could be north (Westchester), east (Long Island) or west (in New Jersey) like you can in say, Chicago.

I'd be interested in hearing about both city cores and metro areas, which in some cases are not the same.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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For the St. Louis area, the divide is generally between the north and the south (much more noticeable in the city). Wealth is generally concentrated in the center strip, though, and is skewed more towards the west in general.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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It is the East Side of the city and the Eastern suburbs, with some nice areas in other parts of the city/suburbs. Here are the most affluent census block group for the city and the suburbs: Census Block Group 004600-3 in Onondaga County, New York

Census Block Group 015202-1 in Onondaga County, New York
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:01 PM
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Denver is more like NY, in that it varies. In the city, the east side is definitely more affluent than the west side; north and south probably about equal. (Depends on where you divide north from south.) Some of the southern suburbs are quite wealthy; the western burbs are all over the place, from blue collar Edgewater (great pizza parlor) to the tony mountain suburbs like Evergreen and Genessee. Aurora on the east is all over the place itself, from very low income to fairly affluent. The northeast burbs are more blue-collar; the NW burbs are more middle class to upper middle, and then there's Boulder, which is considered wealthy, to the far northwest.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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In Oakland the north is generally wealthier than the south. Roughly. And the east is wealthier. East meaning above the 580 freeway aka the hills. There is "east Oakland" which refers to the eastern flatlands. The hills run north and south across the whole city. The northern portion is more affluent than the southern one.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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In most of North America, the dominant winds blow from west to east.

When the early industrialists started building their factories, they built them in the east ends of cities, and built their homes in the west where they wouldn't be exposed to the pollution.

That's why the west sides of cities tend to be the historically prosperous and that the east sides tend to be more working class.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Here in Bayonne, NJ it is East/West. As for socioeconomic divide, I am not really sure, overall it is pretty middle class.

In Portland, OR it is Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, and North. Though East Portland sort of functions as its own quadrant. Portland tends to be more wealthy on the Southwest and Northeast, but these days much of Portland has wealthy and well to do quadrants. East Portland and outer parts of Southeast, Northeast, and North are still more on the lower income levels.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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Most Canadian cities have an east/west divide with the west being more affluent and the east more working class: this is true in Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver for example.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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Most Canadian cities have an east/west divide with the west being more affluent and the east more working class: this is true in Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver for example.
Couldn't you say that for Toronto as well?
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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For the St. Louis area, the divide is generally between the north and the south (much more noticeable in the city). Wealth is generally concentrated in the center strip, though, and is skewed more towards the west in general.
What does the center strip include?
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