2.8 out of 10

East 8 Mile Rd, Warren

Ranked 1st best street in Warren
42.4474830902577 -83.0550898438592
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
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"Not nearly as scary as Outer Drive."

8 Mile has a reputation for being a dangerous road, but really, it is mostly just a long road lined by shady strip clubs, fast food restaurants, warehouses and strip malls. This road rapidly changes from being the nice road by the name of Vernier which cuts through Grosse Pointe Woods to becoming a seedy strip of road with little purpose aside from being a relatively quick detour from the suburbs to I-75.

During the day, this road isn't too scary and it is simultaneously very funny to drive down (the strip clubs have horribly funny names) and very depressing. At night, 8 mile is not a place where you would want to be stranded, but it would be preferable to being stranded on Outer Drive at night, I suppose. Traffic moves quickly so it is relatively safe to travel it at night.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Generally depressing, but not that dangerous"

Anytime I travel abroad, foreigners always ask if I've met Eminem because I used to live on 8 Mile. I go on to inform them that I haven't met Eminem and that 8 Mile is a very long road and that most of it is pretty tame. The part of 8 Mile that graces Detroit is slummy and depressing, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it the epithet of racial division in Detroit (Like our good friend Marshall Mathers). It's not that it's terribly dangerous--I'm sure some crime activity occurs, but I can guarantee you that Cass Ave is far worse--it's just depressing. 8 Mile evidences the crumbling economy of Michigan; there are lots of run-down 80s-era strip malls, a few trashy strip-clubs, decrepit housing, and clear evidence of a vicious depression. Not at all a positive environment.

"Eh - not very nice"

8 Mile gets a reputation from the Eminem movie as being a really shady, dangerous place. I wouldn't really say it's a hell-hole like the movie makes it seem. It's certainly not the kind of place you want to be walking around at night, but during the day it's not that bad. Maybe the crime was worse a few years ago but nowadays it's not that I feel at risk there, it's just that it's not that nice to look at. There's nowhere good to eat, not really - just fast food restaurants, and there aren't many pleasant sights, just parking lots and more parking lots. Storage facilities, warehouses and the like. Typical rust-belt industrial decay in some areas, others are fairly green and can be nice during the summer. But I would not want to live here!
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