The Richest Neighborhood In The Country: Why Do People Hate Southlake, Texas?
Have you seen the t-shirt that sums up how many people feel about Southlake, Texas?
“Life’s too short to live in Southlake,” the shirt reads. Servers at a Parker County restaurant have been seen proudly wearing this slap in the face to the good citizens of the ultra-wealthy town north of Fort Worth.
“They hate us cause they ain’t us,” reads a t-shirt that’s been spotted in Southlake.
Is It Envy?
Envy could be part of the reason people around the DFW metroplex love to hate Southlake, but there are some thoroughly unlikable things about this posh area that can’t be ignored.
Located in northeastern Tarrant County and southeastern Denton County, Southlake is home to 27,000 people or more -- almost all of them wealthy. In fact, Forbes.com called Southlake the most affluent neighborhood in the United States in 2008, and that’s probably still the case. It has also been noted that Southlake’s 76092 zip code is the richest in the country.
To those of us who don’t find flaunting excessive wealth appealing, the wealth and excess in Southlake is cringe-worthy.
In Southlake, large estates and huge homes for small families flaunt the wealth and create a lifestyle beyond comprehension for most Americans.
Still, I don’t hate anyone or anything. Mosquitoes and political parties are mere nuisances to me, but there’s a lot to dislike in Southlake.
Take A Simpler Approach
As you know if you’ve visited my simple living site Minimalist Living Today, I try to live a minimalist lifestyle without a lot of waste or frills. Southlake, unfortunately, is a monument to both waste and frills.
Homes in Southlake are large and look like castles, cattle ranches and country estates. When you find out only two or three people live in many of them, you wonder why they don’t take in a few homeless people to make all that space seem less ostentatious.
Southlake is a funny kind of city with homes that leave a funny, sick feeling in your stomach when you consider what they cost and what they stand for.
It’s also a nearly homogeneous city of white faces and few other races. Almost 95 percent of the people who live in Southlake are white, to be precise. Less than four percent of Southlake residents are Hispanic, according to government statistics, and the number of African Americans stands at about a quarter of one percent.
Doesn’t that kind of sameness say something about the city? Of course, in counties to the west of Tarrant County, similar numbers are accepted.
Is Southlake a city of elites who shun regular folks? Or is it a city of good people who’ve made a good life for themselves?
Is Southlake a city that promotes excess -- a city where people show off their wealth? Or is it a city where people express their personalities but have more money with which to express it than most of us?
Southlake is a silly city with absolutely no appeal to me. But for those who call it home, it’s a place where the kind of over-the-top lifestyle they desire is accepted and celebrated. Everyone deserves a place to call home where they aren’t judged by their neighbors for their choices, I suppose.
And for those who celebrate excess and like to show off their wealth, Southlake must be a kind of mecca -- a holy city of cosmic importance that deserves to be studied and emulated.
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