Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A recent group of studies found that people tend to view the northern part of any city as more monied and a more desirable to location to live. The four studies asked participants "to look at a sketch of a hypothetical city and imagine where an affluent 'Dr. Bennett' might live." 72.5% chose areas north of the fictional city's center line.
This holds true in only one of the two cities I've lived the longest and only to an extent. In Indianapolis, new money lives to north and northeast in Carmel and Geist, while old money tends to settle just north of the city center in Meridian-Kessler. In Denver, old money can be found in the neighborhoods to the immediate south and west of downtown - Cherry Creek, Country Club and Park Hill - and also south of the city in Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills. New money is all over the place in the Mile High City and can be spotted by the ugly Tuscan Cowboy McMansions they've built on top of the perfectly lovely houses they've recently razed.
How does your city compare? Would you say the North vs. South hypothesis is correct?
Study Points to Bias Toward a City's North Side [The Wall Street Journal]
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