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Community Profiles.....................…3* City of Detroit
City of Detroit
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AREA 139 Sq. Miles Population 638,386 (2021 US Census)
Detroit has always played a pivotal role in the history of the United States. Its many contributions have impacted world events and culture.
Like other major urban areas, Detroit has a diversified industrial economy. Automobile manufacturing and its supplier base continue to be a primary industry. However, Detroit’s skilled workforce, access to research and development and experience with advance manufacturing techniques is creating the opportunity for developing a new, technologybased economy. Significant redevelopment efforts in Detroit’s downtown and riverfront have led to a renewed interest in the urban lifestyle. Detroit is attracting a new breed of urban settler with new housing stocks comprised of trendy townhomes and upscale lofts that now dot the downtown and midtown areas. Detroit also has a number of vibrant residential neighborhoods, each possessing a wide variety of homes that feature outstanding old-fashioned workmanship at reasonable prices. Detroit is the hub for culture and art in Southeast Michigan. Experience world-class presentations by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Major entertainment acts are booked through the city’s casinos and concert venues. Everything in Detroit starts at the river, which is a grand setting for boating, fishing and relaxation. Detroit also fields teams in every major professional sport and is known far and wide as “Hockeytown”. “The D” is also home to the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, which boasts a lighthouse, picnic tables, shore fishing and tons of fun. Throw in Belle Isle, a golf course or two and the easily accessible Metroparks and you quickly see that Detroit is the place for sport and recreation. This is only the starting point for discovery. The more you explore the more you’ll uncover what is unique and entertaining. Detroit is a place where roots grow deep and possibilities abound.
City of Detroit Administrative Offices Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48226 (313) 224-3270 (Clerk’s Office) (313) 224-3400 (Mayor’s Office) www.detroitmi.gov
Neighborhoods The following provides an overview to some of the neighborhoods that make up Detroit.
Downtown and Immediate Vicinity Boundary Streets: Fisher Freeway, Lodge Freeway, I-375, Detroit River Downtown has seen an influx of new lofts and apartments in recent years. Some are new construction while others have a certain cache that results from the creative reuse of exciting building stock. The reintroduction of residential living in downtown Detroit is the result of other renewal projects that created the critical mass necessary for these types of projects to flourish. Midtown/Cultural Center
Boundary Streets: Lodge Freeway, I-94, Brush, Alexandrine The neighborhood bordering Wayne State University has become a trendy zip code. An influx of new housing, both university-funded and private, has transformed this historic neighborhood into one of Detroit’s more desirable retail and housing markets. New restaurants, clubs and entertainment facilities have brought portions of Woodward and Cass Avenues back to life. A mixture of luxury apartments, turn of the century townhouses and upscale ultra-modern loft/condo complexes make up the housing profile of this eclectic neighborhood. West Canfield, between Second and Third Avenues, is a historic cobblestone street with Victorian era houses. The focal point of this neighborhood is its cultural offerings. Residents are within walking distance of the Detroit Cultural Center, which includes the DIA, the Main Library, art galleries, theaters and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. New Center
Boundary Streets: Virginia Park, Baltimore St., Brush St., Byron St. The New Center area is just north of Midtown/Cultural Center. It offers an inviting mix of commercial, office, and residential development. The Fisher Building is the focal point of this neighborhood that offers a variety of entertainment and restaurant options. New Center is home to the State of Michigan offices at Cadillac Place (the former GM Headquarters building), the Henry Ford Hospital complex, and a number of historic churches. Many parts of New Center are recognized on local or national registers of historic places. Lafayette Park/Elmwood Park Boundary Streets: Larned, I-75, Mt. Elliott, Gratiot/Vernor The Lafayette Park/Elmwood Park area represents one of Detroit’s most ambitious and successful redevelopment efforts. Nearly 8,000 townhouses, co-ops, and apartments have been built in these two neighborhoods since the 1950s, attracting people from all economic and social strata. Located just east of downtown and north of Rivertown, Lafayette Park and Elmwood Park is populated with people working downtown and in the Cultural and New Center areas. The neighborhood’s proximity to all the major metro-area freeways also make it a favorite of many people working outside the City. Designed to be visually and environmentally appealing, a greenbelt of parks and bike paths winds through the residential developments of both neighborhoods. Boston-Edison/Arden Park
Boston-Edison Boundary Streets: W. Boston Boulevard, Edison Avenue, Woodward Avenue, Linwood Avenue, Arden Park Boundary Streets: Woodward, Arden Park, Oakland Avenue, East Boston Boulevard This area is characterized by spacious historic homes on broad, tree-lined streets and boulevards. Boston-Edison and Arden Park were built by auto barons and retail giants. Boston-Edison is comprised of single-family homes built between 1904 and 1922. The neighborhood is the largest single-family residential historical district in the state and is listed in the state and national registers of historic sites. Across Woodward Avenue is Arden Park. Like Boston Edison, prominent business professionals built most of the homes in Arden Park. The neighborhood has a historic designation. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is the major landmark. Indian Village Indian Village Boundary Streets: East Jefferson, Mack, Burns, Seminole Located on what was originally a French farm, Indian Village is one of the finest residential neighborhoods on Detroit’s east side. In the 1890s, the land was subdivided into spacious lots and oak, elm and maple trees were planted to shade the three main streets. Many of the trees still stand. Most of the district’s fine residences were built between 1900 and 1925. Today, the area retains much of its original charm and elegance. Some 360 homes are included in Indian Village, which is listed on the state and national registers of historic sites. It is a Detroit historic district.
Palmer Woods/Sherwood Forest
Palmer Woods Boundary Streets: Evergreen Cemetery, Seven Mile Rd., Woodward, Pembroke, Sherwood Forest Boundary Streets: Pembroke, Seven Mile Rd., Parkside, Livernois Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest are located In the northwest-central section of the City. Both neighborhoods are west of Woodward and north of Seven Mile Road. Palmer Woods was created in 1916. Adjacent to Palmer Woods are the Sherwood Forest and Sherwood Forest Manor subdivisions, which were laid out at approximately the same time. Both Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest are characterized by tree-shaded, winding streets and unusually shaped lots. In a city where most streets run at right angles, the curving streets of Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest provide a unique setting. There are a number of public and private schools in the area including, the prestigious University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy.
University District/ Detroit Golf Club Properties
Boundary Streets: Seven Mile Road, Six Mile Road, Parkside, Livernois The University District is a placid setting just south of Sherwood Forest. It was named for its proximity to the main campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. It is a neighborhood of manicured lawns and peaceful streets shaded by a canopy of trees. The University of Detroit Mercy’s Memorial Clock Tower is the area’s landmark. Residents of the University District enjoy a relaxed atmosphere usually found in the suburbs. Palmer Park and the Detroit Golf Club offer recreational opportunities. Along the outer edge of the Detroit Golf Club are some of Detroit’s most opulent homes reflecting the district’s variety of architectural styles.
North Rosedale Park/ Rosedale Park/Grandmont
North Rosedale Boundary Streets: Grand River, McNichols, Southfield Freeway, Evergreen, Rosedale Park Boundary Streets: Lyndon, Grand River, Southfield Freeway, Outer Drive, Grandmont Boundary Streets: School craft, Grand River, Asbury Park, Southfield Freeway Many people choose North Rosedale Park, Rosedale Park, and Grandmont because of their beauty and value. Many of the homes were custom built with a craftsmanship that cannot be duplicated today. The houses are spacious and many include extras such as libraries, breakfast rooms and finished basements. A variety of architectural styles create an unusual diversity of curbside appeal in these neighborhoods. North Rosedale Park boasts the only neighborhood-owned recreational park in the City of Detroit.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER
Boundary Streets: Woodward Avenue, the Fisher Freeway, Brush Street, Mack Avenue
Once one of Detroit’s most exclusive neighborhoods this area has seen significant reclamation activity in recent years. The few remaining elegant 19th century mansions have been or are in restoration with significant new development and infill projects taking root because of Detroit’s downtown development. The Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Ceasars Arena are just a few blocks away.
Boundary Streets: Michigan Avenue, Porter, John Lodge Expressway, 16th Street
Corktown is a few blocks west of downtown. Named for County Cork, this neighborhood was home to Detroit’s Irish immigrant community. Corktown profiles an assortment of modest cottages, intricate Victorian homes (many built before the turn of the century) and loft/apartment developments. Corktown is also the home of the Ford Motor Company emerging Corktown Campus that will be anchored by the historic Michigan Central Train Terminal.
Boundary Streets: East Jefferson, East Grand Blvd., the Detroit River, Rivard.
Just east of downtown along the Detroit River, this former industrial area has become a trendy restaurant and entertainment district. It has some intriguing loft/apartment complexes, including one repurposed from an old brewery. Rivertown features marinas and a series of riverside City parks and is home to the William G. Miliken State Park & Harbor and the Detroit Riverwalk.
Gold Coast/East Jefferson Waterfront
Boundary Streets: East Jefferson Ave. (riverfront side), between Belle Isle & the Berry Subdivision
Detroit’s Gold Coast is dominated by a strip of luxury apartment buildings located on the East Jefferson waterfront with a mixture of stately mansions, commercial buildings and some low-rise apartments rounding out the personality of this neighborhood. The area is a favorite of professionals and water enthusiasts. Historic Indian Village lies immediately to the north. West Village
Boundary Streets: East Jefferson, Mack, Seyburn, Parker
Immediately west of Indian Village, West Village is a charming mix of Victorian mansions, modest single-family homes, duplexes and historic high-rise luxury apartment buildings. West Village is listed on national and local historic registers.
Berry Subdivision/Jefferson Village
Berry Boundary Streets: Jefferson Avenue, the Detroit River, Waterworks Park (Parkview), Fiske. Jefferson Village Boundary Streets: Jefferson Avenue, Waterworks Park (Marquette Drive), the Detroit River, St. Jean
Ten minutes east of downtown, the Berry Subdivision is a quiet, elegant neighborhood on the banks of the Detroit River. The neighborhood is listed on city and state historic registers and contains homes built primarily in the 1920s. It is best known for the Manoogian Mansion, official home of the mayor of Detroit. The neighborhood also benefits from its nearness to Belle Isle and the Erma Henderson Park and Marina.
Far East Side
Boundary Streets: Mack Avenue, Moross, Cadieux, I-94 (Ford Freeway)
The Far East Side is known as the St. John neighborhood, after the St. John Hospital and Medical Center complex located on Moross. The Far East Side is centered on Balduck Park, a pleasant green space with a wooded area, basketball courts, ball diamonds and a sledding hill.
Boundary Streets: Jefferson Avenue (alley north of), Detroit River, Alter Road, Conner/Clairpointe Road
Located on the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park, the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood (also known as Creekside) is known for the canals that crisscross some of its residential areas.
Time Magazine announced that Detroit, Michigan was selected for its third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places to Visit!
Detroit joined the list that highlights 50 extraordinary travel destinations world-wide because of its resilient residents and rich heritage of design, innovation and diversity.