So a while back people started making racial optimization guides on the WotC forums. Since 4e places so much emphasis on your role, class seems like the logical starting point when first coming up with a character idea. However, some people are attached to certain races, and prefer building their concept up from their. They care less about what their character will do mechanically, as long as the overall roleplaying concept is cool. They'll adapt to whatever works best in combat.
I waited, but an Elf guide never showed up. So I decided to make one myself, but unfortunately it was shortly before the big overhaul of the forums so the formatting ended up being royally screwed up. A few weeks ago I started fixing the formatting, and the guide is mostly ok now. So if you're interested, check out Estranged Fey: An Elf Handbook.