6.8 out of 10

Carbon Works

42.2910651816937 -83.1300126465518
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"There isnt much neighborhood here anymore"

Most people who are familiar with Detroit have heard of the Carbon Works. It's down by River Rouge and it used to be a big time plant that employed a lot of locals back in the day. Now most of operations that did take place here happen in Melvindale I think.

This area has a small neighborhood, but even that is not much. If you ever drive through here, which I have with my best friend's dad, you see a lot of boarded up houses and vacant lots. The whole area just looks sort of bleak. I wouldn't move directly into this neighborhood. If I wanted to live downriver, I would move into one of the surrounding areas.

I-75 and Jefferson are the major roadways that pass through this area. When you are driving south on I-75 you can see a lot of the Carbon Works buildings out of your car window. And I think some buses run over on Dearborn St. for the locals who rely on public transportation.

If someone was born and raised in the area, or had relatives around here, I could see them maybe hanging around. But this area is really not that attractive for a new homebuyer. Like I said if you want to live downriver there are much better surrounding communities to chose from.
  • Close to Everything
  • Area dominated by old factories and manufacturing buildings
  • Many vacant lots
  • Not Amenities Within Community
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"A Great Little Area"

This is a nice aera that just so happens to be close to everything. It is quite accessible with the main I-75 expressway running right through this community. it's close to the Downriver community and that means plenty of amenities nearby.

It's not too huge but not too small and therefore it's a nice mix somewhere in the middle. You may not find many restaurants or stores in the town directly, but they are close enough to get to. You are situated right between the Downriver community and the downtown Detroit area and therefore it's a good choice for people.

If you work nearby you will find this to be a great spot. This is a safe area that continues to be a popular choice.
  • Not Too Big or Small
  • Close to Everything
  • Accessible
  • Not Amenities Within Community
  • Potential for Growth
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students

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