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Castles and Cottages

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I’m not surprised very often, but when I am, I’ll typically write a post about it. This is one of those times, and the source of my surprise came from somewhere utterly banal: messing around with Google Earth.

As a starting point, I have a simple picture to show you from near where I live. I took this image from Google Maps near the border of Atherton (a very rich town) and Menlo Park (a very affluent town, but not rich like Atherton). Even a partly-sighted person can see the stark difference between the upper left of this image (which is the more densely-populated Menlo Park) and the rest of the map. This, folks, is the difference between $8 million homes and $30 million homes.