6.0 out of 10

Southwest Detroit

Ranked 19th best neighborhood in Detroit
42.3152126347471 -83.1037339278684
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jun 08, 2016

"Mexicantown is Detroit's Most Diverse Neighborhood"

Mexicantown is a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood in Detroit bordering the highly desired Corktown. The community stands together on issues pertaining to parks and recreation and the close community feel is a major selling point to both residents and visitors. Mexicantown is truly one of the most unique, underrated family neighborhoods in Detroit. When I have children, I would certainly feel comfortable allowing my children to ride through the neighborhood's abundant designated bike lanes.
Pros
  • Family-oriented
  • Community Activism
  • Bicycle-friendly
  • Caters to a Latino population
  • Excellent Diversity and a Good Solid Latino Presence
  • Great Stores and Restaurants Within Here and Nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"An Unfortunate Representation"

When people from outside the city of Detroit take a look at what the character of the city is all about, unfortunately they always look to a neighborhood such as this. The very unfortunate part of this is that every city has parts like this, but this is the vision that carries over in many people's minds. So the bad outweighs the good!

You are close to "Mexican Town" and that means some great restaurants. The good part of this area is that it has a very close knit Latino presence and there are a lot of stores, restaurants, and even nightlife that cater to that. So if you are looking for diversity or amenities that cater to the Latino population you will find it there.

Unfortunately though the area is rich in diversity it is also riddled with crime. This happens to be one of the worst areas in town in terms of feeling safe and the crime is therefore very high. You don't necessarily feel safe walking through the streets here because you are very aware that it is a high crime area.

Many of the homes are either abandoned or in need of some major improvements. You won't find new or up and coming homes here and overall there is the need for some revitalization efforts. Though it is hopeful that could happen someday, the problem is that the crime outweighs many of the positive attributes of this area.

Though this may have once been a great area, it is now one that you wouldn't want to move. The crime, the unsettled feeling, and the definite need for improvements are what people will remember about this neighborhood. It is a great area for diversity but unfortunately much of the bad outweighs the good overall.
Pros
  • Great Stores and Restaurants Within Here and Nearby
  • Excellent Diversity and a Good Solid Latino Presence
  • Caters to a Latino population
Cons
  • Unsafe Areas
  • Many Improvements Needed
  • High Crime Area
  • Blight
  • High crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Detroits Roughest Neighborhood"

Southwest Detroit, the area just off of the river, I-94 and I-96, can be one of the worst illustrations of the beauty of the city. Some of the worst of Detroit is brought together in this city, and that has worked to give other surrounding areas a bad name. The Southwest Detroit area has some of the worst crime in the city, some of the lowest education and graduation rates, and some of the highest unemployment.

The ages are lower in this area, the incomes are much lower and the house values are near rock bottom. It is an area that has been hit as hard as any in the country by the downfall of the economy, and one that is among the black marks of a city that has looked to revive itself.

It is just outside of the River Rouge, and not far from both Windsor and Dearborn. The neighborhood also has a very high Latino population, and surrounding spots have come to be characterized as Mexican town. It is a place that has shops, stores and restaurants catered toward the Mexican population, and a splintered population has partially owed to a high crime rate and some feelings of unpleasantness throughout the area.
Pros
  • Caters to a Latino population
2/5 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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Pretty rough and tumble area"

This is an area that has a very large Latin-Mexican population. So you see a lot of businesses that cater to that segment of the population, like a whole lot of Mexican restaurants. I think they actually call it, "Mexican Town" still. The area is also very low-income, so it's very high crime also. Not a place you want to hang around if you are an outsider, or not familiar with the place. During certain times of the year, the riff-raff are out in droves, and that is something I really don't like being bothered with it. The summer months, for example, get pretty rowdy around here. If I don't have business in the area, you won't see me around here.

I-75 is close by, so you can jump on the freeway if you need to get to another part of town quickly and easily. This a good thing for a person who has a reason to get to that part of town, but doesn't wish to be driving through the neighborhoods. A lot of buildings that are abandoned line the major streets as well. But I guess if you are a Latino, you might feel at home around here due to living in a neighborhood that caters to you directly.
Pros
  • Caters to a Latino population
Cons
  • High crime
  • Blight
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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