Poor Side of Town is Usually the East Side

The reason? Dan Zambonini proposes that the prevailing winds in most U.S. cities run westerly, so pollution from industrial smokestacks would blow through the eastern neighborhoods.
December 31, 2010, 5am PST | Tim Halbur
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Comments

While the poorer people moved east, people with money during the industrial era moved westward:

"The massive, unchecked pollution from these early industries would therefore drift eastward, making the air quality much lower in the east end of cities, lowering the desirability (and price) of the housing. Middle classes preferred the cleaner west ends."

Full Story:
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in The Januarist
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email