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Old 04-01-2011, 06:16 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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What do you think are the cities in North America where there is an immediate difference from one side of the border to the other.

My vote is Santa Ana and Irvine in Orange County. You go from poor, strongly Hispanic city on one side to rich, Asian/White, well educated suburb on the other.

Any other examples?
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Detroit and Windsor
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:42 PM
 
Location: MN
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Minneapolis and St. Paul come to mind.

Both fairly large cities worth discussion. Sometimes it's hard to recognize which city your in but for the most part the cities are both very different..

St. Paul is often referred as the last city of the east and Minneapolis as the first city of the west.
The streets in MPLS and STP are set up differently (St. Paul is wrong)
MPLS is newer, trendier, younger and STP is family-like, older, and sophisticated.
St. Paul is the Government Center - County Seat, State Capitol, etc. and MPLS is the entertainment hub (Twins, Vikes, T'Wolves) STP has the Wild.
St. Paul is a dominantly Catholic community while MPLS is protestant.
St. Paul was founded by French and Irish families and MPLS was by Polish and German.
St. Paul is home to one of USA's largest Hmong communities, while MPLS is home to the largest Somali communities.
St. Paul has rolling hills and bluffs, MPLS is mainly flat.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Chicago austin neighborhood and oak park the suburb.
You cross the street and you're in a different world
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Detroit = 95% black. Windsor = 95% white. They're like 300 feet away.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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San Francisco and Oakland are very, very different cities
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Mattapan section of Boston has got urban riff raff and poverty, cross the Neponset River into Milton and your in one of the wealthiest suburbs in the state. Mass Ave also seems to be a big divide in the city between Roxbury and the South End, the change is almost instantenious.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
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San Francisco and Oakland are very, very different cities
Id say the city that borders Oakland which is the least like Oakland overall is Piedmont.

Actually Piedmont is completely surrounded by Oakland.

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Ive said it a couple of times. Piedmont is to Oakland what Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles.

Piedmont, CA
Pop. 10,000
Average Household Income: $245,000

Piedmont...

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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Great answers! Since I might as well do one from my state, the best example would probably be West Valley City and West Jordan. West Valley is Utah's version of a slum, though still much nicer than most other decaying areas around the country. The majority of crimes reported on the news seem to take place in West Valley. West Jordan, on the other hand, is a very pleasant suburb, one of the richest in the state. These two cities are around the same size, but they are otherwise very dissimilar.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: classified
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San Diego and Tijuana
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