Category: Metro Briefs

Look Here to Find Your Higley 1000 Metro Area and Neighborhood

For those of you who are interested in looking at how the neighborhoods in your metro area are ranked in the Higley 1000……… CLICK HERE to go directly to the article Neighborhood Summary by Metro Area……. or click on the link to the right in the Navigation box entitled Neighborhood Summary by Metro Area. You […]

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Posted in General, Metro Briefs on Jun 6th, 2008, 1:18 pm by Stephen Higley     

Racial Segregation in Detroit: The Case of Grosse Pointe

In many ways Grosse Pointe is emblematic of the racial divide that cleaves Detroit. Long an icon of wealth and privilege, it’s once unrivaled and unquestioned position at the center of upper class Detroit society, has slowly drained away to the point that it is a mere island of affluence, albeit a lovely one of […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Problematic Neighborhoods, Racial Diversity on Jun 5th, 2008, 12:38 pm by Stephen Higley  13 comments   

Locust Valley-Oyster Bay: Last Redoubt of the Social Register

Locust Valley-Oyster Bay View Larger Map of Higley 1000 neighborhoods in Locust Valley and Oyster Bay The area I call Locust Valley-Oyster Bay evokes the sylvan past of the Gold Coast much more richly than the more densely populated Great Neck. The zoning requirements of these contiguous “golf villages” insure large lots surround the large […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on Jun 4th, 2008, 10:22 am by Stephen Higley     

Great Neck and Manhasset Neck, Long Island, New York

Great Neck and Manhasset Neck View Larger Map of Higley 1000 neighborhoods in Great Neck and Manhasset Neck Great Neck Today the Gold Coast has matured and differentiated west to east. Great Neck and Manhasset Neck are much more densely settled than the Locust Valley and the Oyster Bay area. Although there are still grand […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on Jun 4th, 2008, 4:30 am by Stephen Higley  2 comments   

The Wealthy Neighborhoods of Fairfield County, Connecticut

Fairfield County, Connecticut has one of the highest concentrations of Higley 1000 neighborhoods in the country. It will come as no surprise to most that Greenwich, with no less than 12 Higley 1000 neighborhoods, dominates the highest reaches of the list. Three adjacent neighborhoods in North Greenwich (Round Hill, Burning Tree Country Club, and Stanwich-Conyers […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on Jun 1st, 2008, 12:14 pm by Stephen Higley     

The Gold Coast of Long Island

Long Island has 53 Higley 1000 neighborhoods that I have divided into four distinct geographic clusters: the dominant Gold Coast area, the Five Towns area, Garden City, and a cluster of elite suburbs along Suffolk County’s shoreline that I have dubbed St. James-Three Village. Each of these groups have their own posting with maps on […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on May 30th, 2008, 3:54 pm by Stephen Higley  1 comment   

Princeton, New Jersey: An Island of Wealth & Privilege

Princeton, located halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, doesn’t really “belong” to either metro area although for statistical purposes it is tallied with Gotham by the Census Bureau. In many respects, Princeton operates as Micropolitan area with the Borough of Princeton serving as the CBD. Princeton Township (which geographically surrounds the borough) is the […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity on May 10th, 2008, 12:46 pm by Stephen Higley     

Monmouth County & Ocean County

Monmouth County, New Jersey is one of those counties in the BosWash megalopoli that is difficult to categorize. The county has a relatively large population (635,285, 2006 Census estimate), but no true central city. Historically, the closest thing to that end has been the twin resort towns of Long Branch and Asbury Park. Both communities’ […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on Apr 22nd, 2008, 8:03 pm by Stephen Higley     

West Suburban Chicago: Hinsdale & Oak Brook

West Suburban Chicago View Larger Map of Higley1000 neighborhoods in West Suburban Chicago The West Suburban cluster of neighborhoods is centered on Oak Brook and Hinsdale. They are the odd couple of Chicago’s suburbs. Hinsdale (the Felix Unger of the two) is older, gracious and stately. Hinsdale’s lovely tree lined streets have been the site […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs, Racial Diversity, Uncategorized on Apr 21st, 2008, 2:22 pm by Stephen Higley  2 comments   

Morris, Somerset, & Hunterdon: New Jersey’s Largest Center of Wealth

Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties have the largest number of Higley 1000 households in New Jersey. The three counties are the exurban extensions of suburban Essex and Union counties, and are characterized by quaint villages, discrete estates on country lanes, and even a few standard suburban subdivisions. There are extensive areas of horse farms, particularly […]

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Posted in Metro Briefs on Apr 12th, 2008, 6:04 pm by Stephen Higley     

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