The division between rich and poor has widened considerably over the past few years. That reality is even starting to make the newspapers. When you find a neighborhood with low housing prices, you can bet that there will be more poor people living there than in wealthy neighborhoods with high prices.
So the numerous questions on Trulia that ask " Is 'South Succotash' a 'good' neighborhood" are subtle acknowledgments from people who feel they should be in the middle class, living in a middle class neighborhood, enjoying the middle class lifestyle, yet find that their housing budget lumps them in with the new majority - the poor.
Furthering the irony is that the neighborhoods that are worriedly asked about were middle class neighborhoods a decade or two or three ago. As the prosperity of the nation is concentrated among fewer families, more neighborhoods in more cities descend from being middle class to being - ah, well, - for lack of a better euphinism: affordable.... more