Originally Posted by Hali87
As far as Halifax goes, the South End is notoriously quite a bit wealthier (on average) than the North End. These areas represent a fairly small area of the city though.
This generalization is also pretty rough, and depends on the time period you are talking about. In the mid-Victorian era, Brunswick Street was one of the wealthiest parts of the city. You can still find lots of impressive old homes there, even though it is not a very well-off neighbourhood today. Gottingen north of North Street was pretty wealthy too. On the other end, much of the old south (Barrington near Inglis, Hollis) used to be poor and notoriously seedy. It has only gentrified during the past 20 or 30 years. The expensive areas that have been desirable for a long time are in the deep south, south of Inglis, or closer to the Northwest Arm (really the West End).
I think a lot of the north-south division in Halifax is actually fairly recent and seems to be breaking down a bit. If you talked to somebody in 1950 or 1850 about the better and worse off parts of the city that were developed at those times you'd probably find that things were pretty fluid.
Most of the industry in the Halifax area used to be along the waterfront, in the far north end (around Almon and Young Street, west of Robie), and in Dartmouth.