The Wall Street Journal has a news story about the French-American School of New York, which paid $8.5 million for a 128-acre former country club in White Plains only to face opposition from residents who want the White Plains city government to prevent the private school from building on part of the land. So much for property rights. The Journal describes White Plains as "bucolic," which it might be in parts, and which it might be overall compared to, say, Midtown Manhattan, but which by the standards of the rest of America seems maybe like a bit of an overstatement. Check out the food court of The Westchester shopping mall on a weekend night, and "bucolic" wouldn't be exactly the first word that comes to mind.
Bucolic White Plains