2.9 out of 10

Gratiot Ave, Detroit

Ranked 16th best street in Detroit
42.4055312742139 -82.9970960357751
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"Avoid it if possible"

Gratiot Avenue sucks! Many structures up and down Gratiot are in poorly kept condition. There's always a high threat of crime too. I think the only highlight from being on Gratiot is that it takes you up to better outlying areas of Detroit (Roseville and Mt. Clemens for example) and Faygo's HQ. You're better off taking the freeway to get anywhere.

"A nice street- once you leave Detroit"

Gratiot begins at the hub of dowtown Detroit. The downtown area is not unlike those of other cities. Once you leave the center of the city, the street becomes very squalid almost immediately and remains so until 8 mile- where it promptly becomes a much nicer place.

Between 8 mile and 12 mile is my favorite stretch of this road. This part is dotted with pawn shops, car dealerships, a small cemetery and all sorts of small, unique independently owned shops- a wonderful smokey coffee house called Trixie's, several record stores and a couple stores which seem to appeal to hippies, to name a few. To those who were reared in the snobbish Grosse Pointes, these places might be considered "shady" or "dirty," but really they are a breath of fresh air after being in the boring suburbs.

Surrounding this stretch of Gratiot is the small city of Eastpointe. It is comprised of small, modest ranch style homes. To those from Grosse Pointe, this is considered a very unrespectable place to live, but really it is a safe neighbourhood and also is a very practical place to live.

Past 12 mile, Gratiot becomes a street lined with stripmalls, unappealing restaurants and nothing of real interest until Mt Clemens. Beyond Mt Clemens, Gratiot stretches all the way to Port Huron. The scenery along the way rapidly becomes more rural, making for a pleasant but long route to Port Huron.

"Gratiot Avenue-You should be running"

Gratiot Ave stretches from Detroit to a few of its suburbs, and it is possibly the worst over-all stretch of road to grace Detroit. Pot-hole-laden, ugly, full of industrial decay, and generally unsafe--Gratiot is the road that no one sensible travels on after dark.

Assumption Grotto Church is one of the oldest churches in Detroit and it is surrounded by security due to its presence on Gratiot. Let that be a testament to this road--if a CHURCH needs heavy-security to be safe on this road; what do you think the neighborhood is like?

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