downmarket residential area

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Dallas Laundry at DawnBBC Radio 2 described the shooting of two British students in Sarasota Florida as happening Several miles from a recognised tourist area in a Downmaket residential area where it is very unusual to find tourists

Apart from an exta 8 syllables what are the main differences between Downmarket residential area and Ghetto? Why do you think the BBC chose the longer phrase?

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6 bits of lovely banter on “downmarket residential area”

  1. Lucien Modo writes:

    These literary types that read novels such as ‘The Rum Diaries’ and then go out looking for local colour… they bring it on themselves. What, I ask you, is wrong with an old copy of ‘Uncle Fred in Springtime’ and a week playing golf at Eastborne?

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  2. nick writes:

    Is a downmarket residential area necessarily a ghetto? I would see a ghetto as an area where a particular group of people (e.g. working-class or black or criminal) tend to congregate. Downmarket may just mean unattractive or in general disrepair or near a factory.

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  3. Jenn writes:

    can you have wealthy ghettos? Like a ghetto of footballers ex-wives?

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  4. wendy writes:

    @Lucien – the disturbing sub-text in Uncle Fred’s Springtime is possibly responsible for many a mis-used 9 Iron, I was restricted to Noggin the Nog and camping near Truro during my formative years

    @nick – Ah, now I see, its specifying the social stigma to a financial one, avoiding any reference to other social groupings that correlate with residency in that area.

    @Jenn – if a ghetto is a place Wendy would rather not go, you just described one!

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  5. Lucien Modo writes:

    What I find remarkable… considering his reputation… is that PG Wodehouse in his ‘Blandings’ novels, basically wrote out the same story time after time… just changed the odd name here and there. Reading them is an almost zen experience.
    It makes golf an exciting alternative.

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    wendy writes

    ‘Deja (not-quite) Vu’ in a (not quite) Novel series format. Certainly an artistic acheivement.

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