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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Like living in the suburbs, except in the city"

I actually first visited this neighborhood as a teen before our family moved into the neighboring University District neighborhood. I met a girl who lived here with her parents, and I came to visit her a few times.

This neighborhood, all of it, feels like living in the suburbs. Just beautiful, sprawling homes, green lush lawns, tree lined avenues, and clean streets. People with money live here. All great communities have well-organized and active home owner associations, and this one is no different. The streets were kind of confusing just because they didn't run east-west and north-south, but it was no big deal really.

There are buses that run along the major streets of Livernois and Seven Mile, but affluent neighborhoods like this one usually had multiple cars per family. Woodward is not far away either and has bus stops as well. And of course there are quite a few retail stores and restaurants along the same streets. The Papa John's on Livernois right by Margareta has some of the best deep dish takeout pizza I have ever tasted.

This neighborhood borders another nice neighborhood, Palmer Woods, so you know that you are hobnobbing with mostly hardworking professionals amongst the area's residents. And although it is not huge in terms of square miles, there are a few good schools in this neighborhood as well. If you can afford it, this is a place to look into for a home.
Pros
  • Absolutely beautiful neighborhood feels like the suburbs
  • Very good homeowner's association
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Too many vacant lots and run down streets"

I still remember the day my car broke down on the way to my job at DTE Energy. I was on the Lodge when the engine failed, and I came up on the service drive of Grand River. My car coasted, then came to a complete stop in front of an abandoned building. Some rough looking dude was standing there, sizing me up. I had to walk the rest of the way to work. The only reason the car was still there when I returned later was because all of the hoods standing around knew the car didn't work, so they didn't bother with it. Surprisingly the windows, radio, and tires remained intact.

I sincerely hate judging people who have to live in bad neighborhoods, because it may be through circumstances that are not their fault. But this place is just bad. If there is one street that doesn't have at least two vacant lots and one abandoned house, I would be surprised.

Although the Motor City Casino is right there, you don't even feel safe going in and out. It's like people are watching you to see if you win big, so they can follow you out to the parking lot. I had the feeling that eyes were watching me the whole time I was there. You just have to watch your back if you find yourself around here.

There is busing on all the major streets, but one street I would not feel comfortable waiting on a bus is Martin Luther King Blvd. Especially in the predawn morning or after dusk. Shady looking folks are prowling the streets in that area all the time.

Now don't get me wrong, there is a bit of revitalization going on, with a few housing developments springing up. But overall the area is empty.
The Lodge Freeway, I-96, I-75 all surround this neighborhood so there is no problem getting back forth to different parts of the city. And you are minutes away from Downtown. But, overall, I would pass on trying to find a decent home here and look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Near several major freeways
  • Busing is available throughout the area
  • Rebuilding Happening
Cons
  • Shady characters lurk just about everywhere
  • Overrun or Abandon Homes Within Community
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Fairly large high quality Detroit community by Palmer Park"

We lived in this neighborhood a few years back, before I left home. I had many friends in the area and still visit to this day. This place is called University District, not Union District, because UDM is south of the neighborhood.

One of the hallmarks of a very nice, well-maintained neighborhood is a strong community organization, and this neighborhood has had one for a while. I'm not sure if my parents paid dues or not. I think they did, but it probably wasn't much.

All of the homes and streets in this area are in very good shape. A lot of the houses here having these huge floor plans where they have at least four bedrooms and some have three baths. Our house had a floorplan like this, plus a nice basement. If you have a large family, this could be a good place if you have the money.

The Detroit Golf Club borders the community to the east, but it is a private club for Detroit's big wigs. Still, Palmer Park Golf Course is right around the corner for those who like to tee it up, like me, and of course Palmer Park itself is right there.

Although it is a fairly large neighborhood, residents will have no problems accessing public transportation along the main streets of Seven Mile, Livernois, and McNichols. These streets also have retail outlets, stores, and restaurants as well. And Woodward Ave is not far way for even more shopping. I would definitely live in this neighborhood again.
Pros
  • Very nice middle class homes with tree lined streets
  • Next to major Detroit thoroughfares Seven Mile, McNichols, and Livernois
  • Very solid community organization here
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Another East Jefferson neighborhood that is on the uprise"

As I lived in Lafayette Towers for a couple of years, I know the East Jefferson area pretty well. The neighborhood that is south of Kercheval Street and ends at Jefferson between Burns St and Pennsylvania is called English Village.

I'm glad to see the new developments and revitalization going on in this neighborhood. The time to get in on this boom over is now. Some of residential streets and the homes lining them are older and in need of updating, but some of the condo's springing up are going to be very nice. This neighborhood also borders the Joseph Barry Subdivision, which is one of the nicest in the downtown area.

There is like one school in this neighborhood, which isn't ideal, but there are decent schools by DPS standards in the surrounding neighborhoods. Even so, living close to Joseph Barry, Indian Village, and the Marina District has its perks. This area along East Jefferson has plenty of retail stores and public transportation for people who use buses to travel back and forth. However, East Jefferson can get rowdy in the spring and summer. There are also city buses running on Kercheval as well.

This neighborhood is in a great position geographically, as every amenity downtown Detroit has to offer is just minutes away. Plus this neighborhood is not very far from the water and some parks, bars, and restaurants down by the waterfront.
Pros
  • Located near downtown Detroit
  • Plenty of revitalization taking place in the area
  • Shops and public transportation on East Jefferson
Cons
  • Not a lot of schools
  • Jefferson can get rowdy during the warmer months
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Another classic Detroit area neighborhood located near downtown"

My former IT career has taken me all over downtown. I used to do technical support for an undercover police unit that was housed over here, but I can't tell you exactly where it is!

The thing I like about the Brush Park area is that it so well combines the historic and classic with the new and fresh. People seemed to be enamored of old style buildings with a heavy Victorian influence as far as architecture, and there are some homes here that fit that description. They aren't for your everyday folk however, as they are extremely expensive.

And I also like the new housing units and condos that are springing up around here. For residents of the area who are looking for something more modern, these units are good choices to investigate. And they are even redoing the famous Brewster-Douglas projects that fell into disrepair. I think they are turning them into high-rise apartments. This is one part of town that needed revitalization, and is getting it.

The undercover building I worked in had a window where you could look out and see Comerica Park staring you in the face. That is how close this neighborhood is to all the downtown amenities. I-75 is right there for travel into the northern part of the city or suburbs. There is busing on Brush S, John R, and Woodward for those who need to get around with public transportation as well. This is a part of town that has a lot happening, and would be a cool place to call home.
Pros
  • Close to Everything
  • Area of Revitalization
  • Gorgeous Architecture
  • Historic District
Cons
  • Medicore School District
  • Very Expensive
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Pretty decent eastside neighborhood very close to the Chandler Park area"

This is not a very big neighborhood at all. It basically borders I-94 on one side and resides on the east side of town. My mom's aunt lived over here not too long ago, but she moved recently to the west side.

This one of those areas that you can tell needs some revitalization due to the streets and the older homes, but the residents do well in taking care of what they have. On most of the streets, including Wade where my great-aunt lived, everyone kept their grass cut and the exterior of their homes orderly. Yes there was the occasional vacant lot and abandoned house, but you are going to find a few of those in just about any Detroit neighborhood. There is also a school or two in the neighborhood; I know one is called St. Ignatius

The residents of this area have access to plenty of retail stores on both Harper and Conner St. I have been recommended by more than one person to try this bar called Retro's on Harper by I-94, though I haven't had occasion to take them up on the offer yet.

One huge bonus of living in this neighborhood is that it is located right next to the Chandler Park area. You have access to the golf course, the water park, and everything else over there. If I lived over here I would be at Chandler Park all the time. This is a pretty solid neighborhood in my opinion.
Pros
  • Close to I-94
  • Chandler Park just a stone's throw away
  • Some streets with well-kept up residences
Cons
  • Not many schools
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Suprisingly nice eastside neighborhood the further you get from 8 mile"

My sister's best friend lives on Edmore in this neighborhood.

I didn't grow up on the east side, so all you ever heard was how bad it was. Now it's true that some places on the east side are terrible, this is actually a very nice, modest neighborhood. On most of the streets I have seen, you had very neat lawns and well maintained one and two story brick homes. There isn't a bunch of angry locals standing around staring at you, and it feels pretty neighborly for the most part.

Some of the houses as you get closer to Eight Mile are not as nice, but those are few and far between. I think there is one school in the neighborhood, but there are some others in the neighboring communities. The major streets of the area consist of Eight Mile, Gratiot Ave, Hayes, and Kelly. There are more than enough shops and restaurants on both Eight Mile and Gratiot, with plenty of bus stops for the local residents who need to get around. But it is Eight Mile, so noise and traffic are a major factor at certain times of the day.

One bonus of the area is that Eastland Shopping Mall is right next door. So basically every retail outlet you can imagine is in the mall, right at your fingertips.
Pros
  • Right near Eastland Shopping Center
  • Retail outlets and busing on Eight Mile and Gratiot
  • Surprisingly nice homes on certain streets
Cons
  • Noise and traffic on Eight Mile
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"An Ok neighborhood with tree lined streets close to Telegraph"

More than one of my friends who lived in my old Berg-Lahser neighborhood a few miles from here settled into this area. I still come over here all the time.

This neighborhood has your average homes as far as what you will find in Detroit, and a mix of nice streets, and eyesore streets. It seems like the houses closer to Telegraph, where my friends live, is nicer, and the ones down by Grand River seems to go down a bit in quality. The streets closer to Telegraph seems to have a more dense concentration of trees, which gives the area a little bit of a rustic feel to it.

Telegraph and Grand River are two major streets in the area, in fact throughout Detroit. So the locals have plenty of access to public transportation and retail shopping like restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores. McNichols Street also has a bus route and a few stores as well. There are also several schools located within this neighborhoods confines, which bodes well for families.

I've heard mixed reviews from my friends who make their homes here. Some seem to like it, others can't wait to move to the suburbs. It seems to me if you find the right streets and know what areas to avoid, it's quite ok here.
Pros
  • Retail outlets and public transportation on main thoroughfares
  • Nice tree lined streets close to Telegraph
Cons
  • A few poor looking streets with boarded up homes
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"One more Detroit neighborhood that is best described as a mixed bag"

The Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore technically lies directly outside this neighborhood area. As I am a frequent visitor to the bookstore, I have seen this area up close recently. My friend Tony also lives on Glendale over here.

Tony's street, Glendale is pretty nice for this area. Lots of two-story houses with green grass and clean streets. But there are other areas in the neighborhood where the residents have let their streets and homes go.

I especially don't like the areas around the major streets of Livernois and Davidson. You have these young degenerates riding their cars too fast, playing their music too loud, and smoking marijuana right out in the open. If you stare at them for too long, they seem liable to stop their car jars, jump out and confront you. I am plenty savvy and street wise, and when I am not at the bookstore or visiting Tony, I avoid this area completely. I stay on I-96 to get where I need to go. Like I said I am not judging everyone who lives here, but the riff-raff element is pretty high.


The locals have access to public transportation on Livernois, Davidson and Dexter, along with retail stores along those streets. It seems like a feature of poor neighborhoods are liquor stores and fast food joints, and this area has plenty of both. There are a couple of schools in the neighborhood, and I-96 isn't that far away for traveling to different areas of town.
Pros
  • Detroit landmark ethnic bookstore The Shrine of the Black Madonna
  • Plenty of public transit for the neighborhood's residents
Cons
  • Noisy, loud, and dangerous on Livernois and Davidson
  • Some really dilapidated streets and homes around here
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Ok in some areas, but most of it is a bit run down"

My friend's dad worked in this part of town. It's a neighborhood a few miles from the River Rouge area. It's actually considered part of Southwest Detroit, so you have a considerable Latino presence down here in the way of shops and residents.

The whole place could use some revitalization, like some major project or new development built somewhere around here in order to stimulate the local economy. This neighborhood actually encompasses a large area in terms of square miles, so some parts are better than others. Some streets have homes that appear to be in good shape, while others feature boarded up and abandoned eyesores. The streets are relatively clean in some places, and littered with refuse in others. It seems like the locals can sniff out a visitor, and their demeanor when they stare at you is not a friendly one.

Due to the area covering a few square miles, there are an abundance of public transit stops and retail stores around. Most of these places can be found along West Vernor Highway. This streets cuts right through the neighborhood, and has many Latino themed shops and stores. There is also a public library on West Vernor, and a few public schools scattered throughout the neighborhood. As far as major freeways, I-75 and I-94 are both very close by for traveling and commuting to other parts of the city and suburbs.
Pros
  • I-75 and I-94 close by
  • Plenty of public transportation along West Vernor
Cons
  • Some poor, run down streets within the neighborhood
  • Locals give off an unfriendly vibe to visitors
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Small but quaint historic neighborhood near dowtown Detroit"

I have driven through parts of this neighborhood while traveling up both East Jefferson and East Lafayette. There are some very attractive homes contained in this small area.

West Village is another one of those historic districts that are sprinkled around the city. It has a heavy concentration of one and two story, older style homes and some apartment complexes. The actual residential streets in here could use some repair, but it's not like you are going to destroy your tires by driving over them. Butzel Middle School is also located in this neighborhood, and so is the Butzel Family Recreational Center, where I have played hoops before.

Like I said the neighborhood itself is small, only about 3 or 4 blocks wide and stops at East Vernor. East Jefferson is the main thoroughfare though, and has retail outlets and public transportation available. There are bus routes down Van Dyke as well.

Due to its proximity to downtown, this neighborhood is not far from the city's major amenities and entertainment options. Being located so close to the Detroit Riverwalk is a major bonus as well. In my opinion, this is a very nice neighborhood to live in, especially if you like the downtown area.
Pros
  • Homes maintaining value
  • Proximity to Riverwalk
  • Close to downtown Detroit area
Cons
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Some neighborhood yes, but mostly a large industrial area"

Most of the residential living areas are in little pockets near the edges of this geographic area. But as a whole, the neighborhood itself is predominately a large industrial park, with places of business scattered about. The neighborhood area is over by the Lodge near Bagley St., featuring some decent looking homes on some quaint little streets. There are other nice streets on the other side of Bagley, but technically they are not part of this neighborhood

Surprisingly, the main roads around here, like Abbott Street and Trumbull for example are not bad. You would expect all kinds of potholes from all the 18 wheelers that come through here, but you don't really see that. There are some areas of Detroit that used to have a lot of heavy manufacturing going on around them, but have of late turned into ghost towns. This area though, seems to still have businesses and is thriving a bit.

The old Tiger Stadium is very close to the north part of this neighborhood, and I imagine that since it was leveled it has caused the local economy to suffer a little. But overall the few residential streets here are quite livable. Buses, and retails shop can be found on Michigan Ave, Bagley, and 12th street.
Pros
  • Not a lot of neighborhood area here
Cons
  • Noisy street areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Part of town that is just so-so"

When I went to Cooley High summer school, I met a very influential teacher there who really cared about her students, and she lived in this area. I think she had a bungalow or something on Ward Street, and she used to invite students to her house! In fact me and my friends still keep up with her on Facebook and visit her occasionally.

Of course her home was nice, quaint and kept up, and so was most of the street in general. But like so many neighborhoods in Detroit, you can have one nice street and a rundown one the next block over. This was not the greatest part of town, but you didn't have a lot of the locals giving you the evil eye like they do in some places. In general, what you had here was a lot of one-story and two-story brick houses.

One of the major streets that border this neighborhood is Fenkell. Yes, you have public transit and some retail outlets, but overall the level of traffic and noise over here is a bit disconcerting. And you also have your share of boarded up storefronts. There are also schools in this area, a plus for young families.

Schaeffer, Lyndon St, and Meyers are the other major roads close to this neighborhood, and the buses run on Schaeffer and Lyndon. The closest major freeway is probably the Lodge two or three miles away. Overall if you are familiar with the area and your neighbors, this can be an OK neighborhood by Detroit standards.
Pros
  • Some pretty decent streets with nice homes in the neighborhood
  • Public transit is available
Cons
  • Some streets were neglected and homes in disrepair
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Some parts of the area are better than others"

This neighborhood is located on the east side of Detroit off of Seven Mile. One of my relatives lives on Sunset Street in the Krainz Woods neighborhood less than a mile away, and I have travelled Seven Mile extensively in this area.

Some of streets are nicer looking, and others appear neglected a bit. On some of the nicer streets, like around St. Aubin, you can tell the residents care about their property even if it's not much. They keep their lawns clean and cut, the exterior of their houses neat, and keep the street clean. Other streets closer to Seven Mile have vacant lots overran with weeds. The place is kind of in the middle - not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Although there is busing and retail outlets available on Seven Mile, the road itself is narrower than I prefer, and has some potholes. Also the residents who ride in their cars up and down the street can be rowdy at times. Nevada Street has a few retail stores and buses run down there and on Dequindre.

This neighborhood is less than a mile from I-75, so if you need to go downtown or to the suburbs, the freeway is right there. 8 mile Road is only a mile away or so as well, and has more retail choices if you need them. If you have a family with young kids, there are schools in the neighborhood, but DPS has really fallen on hard times of late.
Pros
  • Public transportation around the neighborhood is available
  • Close to the Highway
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Pretty diverse neighborhood bordering the Grosse Pointe Area"

Overall the entire neighborhood here, right in the Gross Pointe area is nice, but it can be a mixed bag. Like on some streets like Bishop you can find some nice, modest, brick bungalow style homes. And then in other parts of the neighborhood like Outer Drive, you find towering stately brick homes that are two-story and expensive looking. But overall the entire residential area is very well kept up and clean. The houses don't have that cookie cutter feeling that you get when looking at suburban neighborhoods. There is plenty of unique architecture here.

I do believe there is a home owner's association here, and it wouldn't surprise me because most of the really nice areas have strong ones. There are also plenty of quality public and private schools in the area, which is a bonus for families with young kids.

The main roads in this neighborhood are Cadieux, Warren, and Mack. Surprisingly, there are quite a few fast food outlets in this area, which you usually see in the poorer areas. There is also plenty of public transportation on the main thoroughfares, and of course I-94 is right there, which can take you right into downtown Detroit.

Overall I love the charm, design, and upkeep of this area, and it's not far from the water. I'd live here, definitely.
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Close to Nice Neighborhoods
  • More Affluent Area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Only one real neighborhood here - and its awesome!"

When I worked for DTE Energy, my coworker Brian and I had occasion to come down here for a gathering at the Edison Boat Club as uninvited guests. So I got a good look at the area down here by the water.

The boat club is members only and we were only in the area on official business, but the place is awesome nonetheless. I love seeing expensive yachts on the river, it is so relaxing. The dining area in here is nice as well for the upper crust.

I bet a few of those guys and gals with the yachts lived in those estates right down near the water. Now that is somewhere I would live in a heartbeat. The homes are new, huge, brick in a clean and spacious neighborhood. The estates are private however and probably priced way too high for the average person.

So far I have gone on and on about the boat club and the estates, but this area is really dominated by the Chrysler Conner Assembly plant. I think they make Jeeps and Dodges here, and the plant and it's other little buildings take up most of this area, all the way up I-94. I imagine that most of the time, traffic on Conner and St. Jean Street is bad and noisy.

Living here, you are only a few miles from East Jefferson to the downtown area and all of its amenities. There is busing on East Jefferson as well for those who work at the Chrysler plant, as I don't think the guys with the yachts ride city buses. Despite the plant being here, I would love to live in those waterfront estates.
Pros
  • Great Amenities Nearby
  • Nice Area of Town
  • Waterfront Area
Cons
  • Traffic due to the plant may be excessive
  • May Be a Bit More Expensive Than Other Areas of Town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A heavily Chaldean oriented area near Palmer Woods area and the State Fairgrounds"

This is an interesting part of the Detroit area. On one side of Woodward you have the Palmer Woods area, and there is also the State Fairgrounds nearby. Then you have this area Chaldean Town, which has a lot of Chaldean residents.

The neighborhood overall is a mixed bag, with some OK streets and some that are incredibly blighted. I used to work with a guy who lived in this area on Annin Street. Man his street had vacant lots overran with weeds and abandoned houses with no windows. Then other streets close to his weren’t quite as bad, with ok homes and decent lawns. Like over on Danbury Street for example. Overall the area appears to be a bit neglected. He told me that a lot of Chaldeans settle here, and then after they improve their financial situation, move elsewhere. Maybe that is why the area doesn't seem to have much money coming into it.

Woodward, Seven Mile, and John R, are all major thoroughfares in the city of Detroit, and usually have plenty of bus stops and retail stores like it does in this neighborhood.

I guess the area is suitable for Chaldean families, but I probably wouldn't want to own a home around here. The area overall just need some revitalization.
Pros
  • Great Ethnic Presence
  • Nice Amenities Nearby
Cons
  • Needs Some Revitalization
  • Not As Thriving as It Once Was
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Historic and nice neighborhood located smack dab in the center of Detroit"

It never ceases to amaze me how close some really nice neighborhoods can be to some really bad ones. Oftentimes it's just a matter of crossing one major street, and it's like night and day. In this case, you have the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, and directly across the other side of the Lodge near Chicago St. you have a neighborhood that is complete run down.

This is one of those neighborhoods that you get off the Lodge and drive through during the summer if you are bored and want to look at the architecture, as my friends and I used to do. A lot of the houses and mansions were custom built for major Detroit Luminaries many decades ago, and a lot of well-known folks have lived in the area.

There a few retails stores as you travel south down Woodward Avenue, one of the major thoroughfares that border the area. Buses also run up and down Woodward for the residents who are in need of public transportation. There are also a few bus stops along Hamilton Avenue and W Chicago Blvd.

As far as living here, it's a tale of two neighborhoods. Unless you are wealthy and connected, there is little chance that you will find your way into one of the historic homes, but some of the other more modern, less expensive homes scattered about the area might be more accessible.

Overall it's really a small neighborhood, so you would have to go outside of it for your major amenities. This neighborhood would definitely be on my short list to consider if I were moving to Detroit.
Pros
  • Gorgeous Homes
  • Great Place to Live
  • Historical District
Cons
  • Small area so you may have travel a bit for major amenities
  • Cost of Living May Be Higher
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"The Art Center area is one of Detroits jewels"

I still remember the first time we were all wide-eyed grade schoolers on a field trip to the Detroit Science Center. That was the first of many, many times I would come to the Art Center.

I've been to the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. I also used to travel back and forth down Warren Avenue for work. I love this area, as it is clean, well-kept up and has a great spirit to it. Traffic can be a bit much and it's kind of noisy, but one of Detroit's jewels nonetheless. Some of the housing and residential areas along East Warren are very nice looking as well.

This area is bordered by I-94 and I-75, so you can get anywhere you need to go quickly by hopping on the freeway. The neighborhood is also bordered by the WSU campus and Hutzel Hospital in the Medical Center area. Also, the Lodge Freeway is around the corner as well.

The major streets are Woodward and Warren Ave, and both have ample public transportation options along with plenty of retail outlets. As far as living here, you would be in a high energy, upwardly mobile community, but would have to endure considerable traffic. Not a bad a choice.
Pros
  • Surrounded by Local Art and Culture
  • Very Accessible
Cons
  • Considerable traffic during the day
  • Kind of noisy with lots of hustle and bustle
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Simply a very nice neighborhood"

It always amazes me how some of the most rundown, shady parts of town can be so close to such nice, well-kept up neighborhoods. The neighborhood Barton-McFarland is close by and has considerable blight in both it's main and residential streets. Aviation, on the other hand is not far away and is a very nice area. It always seems like the nicest neighborhoods like this one have well-organized, strong neighborhood associations.

Aviation is one of those historic Detroit neighborhoods that began with a lot of German settlers. It is located on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road close to the I-96 freeway. It is one of the farest west neighborhoods in the Detroit area, and is only a few miles away from Dearborn.

The homes in the area have a median value of about $50k or so. There are lots of nice looking brick bungalows on tree lined streets with nice lawns. There are is also ample public transportation and retail outlets along Joy Road, and even more bus stops down at the other edge of the neighborhood, near Tireman.

Also, most neighborhoods with active home owner associations keep crime in the area in check. So that is not a concern for someone looking for a home in the area. One more bonus is that Aviation is only a few miles away from the Dearborn retail district, which includes Fairlane Mall.
Pros
  • Access to Many Nearby Amenities
  • True Neighborhood Spirit
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Nice area on Jefferson"

I always drove by the Alden Park Manor whenever I went down East Jefferson, which was quite often. But I have never actually been in the complex itself until my former roommate’s coworker who lived there invited him over one day.

The guy had a two-bedroom apartment on the third floor, and the floor plan was very nice. He also had some decent views, although his unit did not directly face the water. Although it is supposed to be a historic Detroit landmark type of building, just by being in it you could tell that considerable money had been spent towards modernization. Overall a very nice place and one that I would live in without hesitation. I love being downtown and I especially love being by the water. What I don't love is in the warmer months the traffic on East Jefferson gets a little bit rowdy, with blaring music and screeching tires.

There are enough buses on Jefferson for anyone to get back and forth, and there are enough little retail outlets where you don't have to go into the city for everything. But hey I love downtown and go there every chance I get. And this neighborhood is just a stone's throw away. Highly recommended, although I didn't ask the guy at Alden Park how much he was paying in rent.
Pros
  • Minutes From Downtown Amenities
  • Near the Waterfront
Cons
  • Traffic on Jefferson during the summer can be a bit rowdy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Small average neighborhood next to the River Rouge Golf Course"

This is a small neighborhood very close to the River Rouge Golf Course. I have driven through here a few times when I-96 had too many potholes, but mostly down on the Plymouth facing side. The neighborhood didn't feel too bad as far as the vibe I got. In some of worse neighborhoods, you immediately get a bad vibe, but not around here. That isn't to say that crime is nonexistent, only that I didn't witness any.

I was pleasantly surprised by how neat and tidy the homes and lawns near Plymouth looked, particularly by Heyden street. I don't know if there is a neighborhood association over here, but it has the feel of one. Some streets are better than others though.

For example if you are live on Burt Road you can see the golf course, and I have played golf over here. However, if you are up by Fitzpatrick on the other side, the I-96 freeway is basically in your backyard.

Plymouth has buses, and the retails shops for the locals of area. One more bonus is that there is a police station down by Plymouth as well. Not a super neighborhood, as I think there is only one school, but not bad overall.
Pros
  • Some parts border the golf course as far as views
  • Retail shops and busing down Plymouth
  • Surprisingly neat and tidy homes on some streets
Cons
  • Too close to the freeway on some streets
  • Pretty small with only one school
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • 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
Just now

"Large working class neighborhood on the edge of Detroit"

Due to this being close to Dearborn I guess, this neighborhood has a very large Arab community living within it. I have seen some of the neighborhood close to the main roads like Evergreen and Warren. When I lived in the suburbs and sections of the Southfield Freeway were closed, we took the long way to get to Fairlane Mall and passed through here.

This neighborhood is way too huge for us to have driven through every street, but it was just average by Detroit standards. You had bungalow style homes, a couple vacated lots, but mostly clean. It just seemed like a working class part of town, which appeals to many people. Public transportation is also available at practically all of the main cross street in this area.

This neighborhood due its sprawling size has a bunch of schools also, which will appeal to families with children. There is also a ton of retail shopping right there on Warren and Ford Road.

One big bonus of living in this area is all of the shopping you have access to. You have Fairland Mall of course and the Fairlane North part. Put it this way; this is a good solid neighborhood if you are welcome to the demographic of the area.
Pros
  • Close to major shopping malls
  • Many schools in the neighborhood
  • Public transit is provided
Cons
  • Some streets and homes appear older and in need of updating
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Id love to live in this part of town"

I have seen the new developments up near East Jefferson first hand, but I mainly come down here for the awesome restaurants. Plus you can get a chance to see some very beautiful and expensive yachts up close, both on the water and docked at the harbor.

Sinbad's is one of the most well-known waterfront restaurants in Detroit. Yes, some of the menu can be pricey but everything else about the dining experience is first rate. I have only been twice but I can't wait to go again. The Roostertail is also a great Detroit restaurant, but I have only been in here once. Great cuisine just like Sinbad's, and the views to the river are just awesome.

This neighborhood is right next to the very nice Joseph Barry Subdivision. I don't recall the name of the new housing development in here, but all of the streets are clean, spacious, green with nice new homes. I would most definitely live here, although I wouldn't necessarily care for all of the traffic on East Jefferson.

As far a shopping, retail outlets, and public transportation, East Jefferson has all of that right here. You can go into downtown Detroit if you want, but you certainly don't have to as there are ample restaurants and stores right here. Man, on a nice summer day, it is heaven down here. All of the locals are pretty nice and upbeat. This ‘hood gets a thumbs up in my book.
Pros
  • Beautiful waterfront views
  • Great restaurants
  • Plenty of amenities on East Jefferson
Cons
  • Traffic on East Jefferson can get a bit congested at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Another bad neighborhood near Greensbriar and Mohican Regent"

My cousin stayed with a relative for a while in the neighboring Greensbriar neighborhood. The street he lived on, Dresden, runs right through Greensbriar and crosses over to this one, Pulaski, at East State Fair Street.

Not much changes when you cross over to this neighborhood. Still a very bad element with high crime and open drug use. You can smell marijuana in the air at all times. The thing is though, the homes are not that bad and neither are the lawns and the streets. The houses are kinda small, and they are not really brick. They all seem to have that cheap white siding. But some of the knuckleheads that live in the area really bring the place down.

Along 7 mile on the edge of the neighborhood is your standard east side Detroit fare: Plenty of buses, fast food joints, boarded up shops, and traffic. You can also find bus stops along Hoover, and Schoenner. There is a little better shopping if you decide to head up to Eight Mile. My cousin did shop over the Bel-Air Center quite a bit.

Overall I wouldn't to live in this neighborhood or the surround Mohican Regent and Greensbriar.
Pros
  • Streets and homes were not totally rundown
  • Buses run througout the area
  • Retail outlets on 7 mile and 8 mile
Cons
  • High crime area and open drug use on some streets
  • Noisy and rowdier the closer you get to the major roads
Recommended for
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Is this is the worse neighborhood in Detroit?"

When you are traveling southwest on I-75 near the Detroit River, you pass by this neighborhood. Unless you actually happen to live here, you might want to keep driving. This might have been a neighborhood decades ago, but now it's barren and deserted. This part of Detroit is actually located pretty close to River Rouge. I remember I used to do PC support for a police station over in Springwells, and came pretty close to this area near I-75.

Actually it might not be the worse neighborhood just because there isn't much traffic due to the lack of residents. In the 90's this part of the city was notorious for the large amounts of gang activity that took place. People just got fed up with place and moved on. Anytime you hear anyone talk about this area they always use the words "ghost town" to describe it. And don't forget the nasty smell in the air due to the waste water plant.

The few residential areas left standing are severely blighted. Litter and overgrown vacant lots dominate the area. When the recession of the last decade took effect, it was a final blow to the area as many of the workers were laid off. Steer clear of this neighborhood, particularly after dark.
Pros
  • Near Expressway
Cons
  • Severely blighted
  • Practically a Ghost Town
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Just your average eastside Detroit neighborhood"

My second cousin lived on the east side for a while, and knew people who lived in this neighborhood. When I was visiting him, I would drive him over to his friend’s house on Arnott. We would just hang out in his basement and shoot the breeze sometimes.

Most of the neighborhood looked clean, like the residents cared about their property values. There was a mix of one-story and two-story homes, with only the occasional boarded house or vacant lot. He got a ong with his neighbors pretty well, and there wasn't a bunch of evil stares when you drove through here.

There are a few nice schools in this neighborhood that would be of interest to families. One of them is the Brenda Scott School for the Arts, which I had heard of even before I came to this neighborhood.

It gets a bit noisier and rowdy the closer you get to 7 mile, but the inner streets are not too bad as far as riff-raff. There are ample buses stops and retail stores and shops along both McNichols and Seven Mile. However, if you are not a local and very familiar with what's going on, stay away from these areas after dark.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Area of town with alot of riff-raff"

I don't know this entire neighborhood that well, but I am very familiar with the Schoolcraft area. Not only did I live about a mile away on Archdale St, but my dad's friend lived on Auburn near Schoolcraft.

It's funny because some of the homes in the area are actually very nice bungalows and two-story brick buildings, but there are hoodlums all over the place around here. You are always hearing or witnessing a fight, or a robbery somewhere along Schoolcraft. When it is warm outside, you can smell marijuana wafting through the air.

People also race their cars up and down Schoolcraft with the music blaring loudly in this neighborhood. The locals also made sure to give anyone they are not familiar with the evil eye, like they are saying, "Watch your back."

Now don't get me wrong, a few streets around here look very nice, like over by Acacia. There are houses so nice over here that I would actually consider living in. Plus the lawns around this part of the neighborhood are usually well kept up.

There are bus routes up both Evergreen and Schoolcraft that provide public transportation to the local residents. Overall, due to too much nonsense going on with the young delinquents, I wouldn't choose this neighborhood.
Pros
  • Some streets with above average homes
  • Public transportation is available
  • Decreasing rent prices
Cons
  • Too many thugs and crime around here
  • Loud and noisy on Schoolcraft
  • Median population 18 years
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Dilapidated area of town that is overran by vacant areas"

I lived downtown with a roommate who knew people who lived everywhere, so I have seen just about every neighborhood within 10 miles of Lafayette. I heard that this neighborhood got its name from all of the Polish immigrants who wound up settling here.

Half of the neighborhood is plants and manufacturing buildings. The GM Hamtramck assembly plant is over here as well. The rest of the place is sparse older homes in various states of disrepair. And there are also a bunch of streets with overran vacant lots.

One plus of living here is that if you take Russell St south a bit, you will eventually run into Eastern Market and Bert's Marketplace. I love these places, but they are not technically a part of this neighborhood. Wayne State University is close by also, which is a plus for college students and people who work at the university.

This neighborhood is bordered on both sides by both I-75 and I-94. DOT buses run down Chene, Warren and Russell St for the local who rely on public transportation. Although you are very close to all of downtown's amenities, the neighborhood is really not an ideal one. There are just too many vacant, open, neglected spaces for my liking.
Pros
  • Very close to downtown Detroit amenities
  • Wayne State is not far away
  • Has ample busing running through the neighborhood
Cons
  • Large amounts of overgrown vacant lots everywhere
  • Half the neighborhood is factories and plants
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
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
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"This is not a nice place to visit..."

My longtime girlfriend's mom lived in this neighborhood, in a rundown apartment complex over near Livernois and Davidson. My girl didn't live with her mom, but she visited her often and I drove her over here and even hung out for a while.

I know that some people don't have a choice about where they live, but man this place was awful. It bothers me greatly to see hardworking, honest people trying their best and trying to cope with their surroundings in a place like this. Riff-raff wandered the street day and night, and you always had the feeling that you were about five minutes from getting robbed. Lots of boarded up homes, vacant lots, burnt out buildings, and tires littered some streets.

Over by Davidson and Livernois there was major traffic and noise. Buses did run for the residents, but I wouldn't have felt safe waiting at a bus stop. Loud, noisy, junky cars blared their music and raced up down the main streets and the residential roads. It was like everyone was just trying to survive over here.

I am sorry but I cannot recommend this neighborhood. For those who live there and are trying their best, good luck to you.
Pros
  • Close to major freeways
  • retail stores and public transportation available on Livernois and Davidson
Cons
  • Blight and crime everywhere
  • Livernois and Daviidson is loud and noisy
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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Fairly average Detroit neighborhood off I-94 by Gross Pointe"

I used to date a girl that lived in Port Huron. When we were travelling east along I-94 back to Port Huron, we would stop over here to see her cousin in this neighborhood.

I think her cousin lived over on Devonshire Rd if I remember correctly. This was just a plain, run-of-the mill neighborhood by Detroit standards. The residential areas had a lot of brick, two-story homes. Most of them were kept up well as far as the lawn and overall appearance of the house. You did have a few houses scattered about that were boarded up. You had an occasional broken down car sitting in front of a house but not a lot of that.

Most of the buses run along Warren and Mack Avenue for people in the neighborhood who depend on public transit.
Some of the main roads in the neighborhood had retail shops and businesses, and others had vacated buildings. There were also quite a bit of overgrown fields with weeds and just vacant lots, especially on some corners. This is a neighborhood that is so-so and could benefit from some revitalization efforts.

I only went over here during the day, so I don't know if there was a lot of riff-raff hanging about at night, and I didn't really ask the girl's cousin. I didn't see a large amount of pedestrians during the day though.

There are a couple of schools in this neighborhood as well for families with children. If you don't have a lot of money and are looking at an average neighborhood, this might be one to explore.
Pros
  • Close to I-94
  • Public transportation is available
  • Some schools within the neighborhood
Cons
  • Some run down areas of town with vacated buildings
  • Vacant lots on some corners
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Not much neighborhood area, but a very lively part of town"

This is an awesome part of downtown Detroit. There are so many nice bars, clubs and restaurants down here that it is unbelievable. And the crazy thing is most of these nice places are housed in buildings with less than impressive exteriors. It's like they are hidden jewels waiting to be found.

One of my favorite little spots down here is a club/restaurant/bar called They Say. I have been here several times and I love the classy, upscale sophisticated partronage you get to mingle with. Drinks are a bit pricey in here but overall it's a great place to go.

The whole area is just nice, especially when the weather breaks. You have Chene Park down here and the Detroit Riverwalk. The Renaissance Center is right there as well. This is a highly developed area of downtown and more construction is underway.

There are great schools around here, like the downtown branch of Detroit Mercy, King High School, and the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences.

There is busing along East Jefferson for residents of the area who need it to get back and forth. The Medical Center part of town is not far away as far as hospitals either. And course you are right downtown. Just a great lively place with all sorts of things going on, and it's all right by the river.
Pros
  • A ton of nice bars, clubs, and restaurants packed in a small area
  • The Detroit Riverwalk
  • The Ren Cen is right there
Cons
  • Not a lot of residential areas, but some condos and apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Just now

"Nice area close to Dearborn Heights"

This is a nice part of Detroit located very close to Dearborn Heights. It really is about as far west you can go and still be considered Detroit. The homes in this area are predominantly of the one-story, bungalow style variety. And it is one of the few areas of the city where the street of Tireman is actually decent. The neighborhood is very low key and quiet, with not a lot of riff-raff patrolling the streets.

For someone looking to move to this neighborhood, there are sufficient amenities close by. DOT buses are a bit hard to come by unless you are down by Warren, and I am not sure how prevalent SMART buses are in this area. Warren also has quite a few retail stores and restaurants as well.

The Ann Arbor Trail School within the neighborhood is a pretty good one from what I hear. It is K-8 and a school of choice, which means students who go there meet certain academic standards.

One other bonus of living here is the fact that River Rouge Park is just around the corner. So if you are into outdoor activities, especially biking, jogging, and walking trails you are in the right area.

Telegraph and Joy Road are also close major streets, and you are not very far from the Southfield Freeway. A good solid neighborhood in my opinion.
Pros
  • Nice clean area of Detroit with well-kept up homes
  • River Rouge Park is close by
  • Ann Arbor Trails Schoo located here
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Very nice neighborhood close to the State Fairgrounds"

My friend worked at a drug rehab center, and the center's doctor lived in this neighborhood. He was friendly with the doctor and we went over to his house twice.

I had heard that this was a very nice neighborhood, but coming here confirmed it. You see lots of trees, very nice looking homes and lawns, and nice cars. It seems like all the really great neighborhoods in Detroit have these strong neighborhood associations, and this one has one as well.

To be honest, I was surprised that a neighborhood like this could be located this close to Eight Mile and Woodward, which is rather notorious in Detroit. But according to the doc, this neighborhood even had private security. Wow. Like I said it's nice, but it might not be that affordable for some.

The neighborhood is bordered by major streets Seven Mile and Woodward. All kinds of retail outlets, stores, and shops are in this area. Buses run down both Woodward and Seven mile for the few who don't have cars. Another bonus is that there is a police station right on 7 mile near the Woodward intersection

There is also a very large and scenic cemetary bordering the neighborhood along Woodward. It kind of makes the area quiet, respectful, and peaceful. Definitely recommended.
Pros
  • Very strong neighborhood with many amenities
  • Beautiful area with nice expensive homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Run down neighborhood that is nestled right between Wayne State and Downtown"

The best thing about this neighborhood is that it has one of the most well-known restaurants in Detroit, the Whitney. The Whitney was a mansion that was built like a hundred years ago, but has been open for years as a restaurant. The food is might tasty in here. You definitely get what you pay for, check it out if get the chance.

As far as the surrounding neighborhood, ugh...completely run down. Blight and neglect are staples of this area. The funny thing is, you can see all the gorgeous buildings of downtown Detroit from streets like Cass and Woodward, while you are surrounded by poverty. And as you know crime follows poverty closely. Definitely do not be caught around here at night.

The good thing about the neighborhood other than the Whitney is that is of course right next to the downtown area. You don't have to travel far to do anything you want downtown, and there are buses running down Woodward.

I've heard also that there is some inexpensive housing for college students who are attending Wayne State, but you are still in a rundown part of Detroit. Unless I was a college student looking for affordable housing, I wouldn't live around here.
Pros
  • Nestled between Wayne State University and Downtown
  • Affordable housing for college students
  • The Whitney Restaurant, a Detroit classic.
Cons
  • Ugly, blighted areas all throughout the area
Recommended for
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Plain little area off of Michigan Avenue not far from Dearborn"

Sometimes for traffic or time purposes, we'll take Michigan as a straight shot from I-94 west to I-75. We pass the area on the Michigan side of the neighborhood.

At first glance, this just looks like an older, averaging looking neighborhood bordered by Martin St and Michigan. The homes look like they have been standing for half a century, and most look to be one-story bungalow type houses. There are scattered vacant lots, and older buildings throughout the area.

Except on Michigan, there was not a ton of traffic the few times we drove through there. There were retail stores and shops on Michigan and Martin, and I think Livernois had a few stores and bus stops. There are churches and schools scattered throughout the area as well for families.

If you are anywhere near John Kronk St, the views are pretty bleak and ugly. All you see is wide open spaces and a giant railroad car lot. There is a decent looking park in the next neighborhood over.

This appears to be an area that had a lot going on at one time, but now just kinda exists. It's not really downriver, or downtown. If you can find a decent home on a nice enough looking street, it might worth a look for a low-income individual
Pros
  • Near major freeways I-94 and I-75
  • Public transportaion is available
Cons
  • Not much going on
  • Ugly views down on John Kronk Street
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Another neighborhood that is kind of a mixed bag"

A guy I worked with downtown lives in the new development over on Rosa Parks, and a woman I know lives near the hospital, I think it’s on Woodrow Wilson. Both of these areas are in the same neighborhood, but there is a difference in the two places.

I like the new development on Rosa Parks. It's clean and fresh, but I don't know exactly what year it was built. Something else must have been there and gotten torn down. I would definitely live in the Estates. Wide open streets, clean, two story brick houses or condos line the streets. There is also plenty of trees and greenery in here.

But over on Woodrow Wilson, I saw houses that were boarded up. I didn't see a bunch of vagrants wandering about, though, so that was good.

A couple of highlights in the area: The New Center area is right down the way across the Lodge, and of course Henry Ford Hospital is right in this neighborhood.

As the hospital is probably good for the local economy, there are retail stores and restaurants all along West Grand Blvd. The buses run down West Grand Blvd and Rosa Parks as far as public transportation. I don’t know about the rest of the area, but I would 100% consider the Estates on Rosa Parks Blvd.
Pros
  • Henry Ford Hospital is right there
  • New Center Area is close by
  • The Estates on Rosa Parks is very nice
Cons
  • Some of the neighborhoods close to the hospital are run down
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Just your average Detroit neighborhood"

One of my childhood friends lives on Pickford near Telegraph and Grand River. I have been over there a couple times, plus I drive south down Telegraph a lot and pass this neighborhood frequently.

It's pretty average if you are applying Detroit standards. Like most Detroit neighborhoods, the closer you get to the major streets, the more riff-raff you find congregating around. But it's not terrible, or as bad as some places I have been to.

The homes are older style, and mostly one-story but it was mostly clean and neat the few times I have been through there. I don't know what it's like after dark over here, but if it was awful he definitely would have mentioned it.

I guess one good thing about this neighborhood is that the major streets offer plenty of stores and shops. Telegraph has retail outlets all up and down its length, and Grand River has plenty of stores as well. Seven Mile, McNichols, and Puritan also have bars, stores, and restaurants. There is a big park that is close to Telegraph but there is nothing there really. There is readily available public transit in the way of buses also.

The bottom line is there are some nice homes on the inner residential streets, but there is riff-raff, as I call them on the main streets. I am sure there is some crime going on, I just haven't seen it.
Pros
  • Retail shops on every main street
  • Public transit is readily available
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Not a neighborhood, just the area that hosts the State Fair"

All of the residential areas around here are on the perimeter of the State Fair Grounds. Since their is no neighborhood in here, I'll just talk about the State Fair itself.

I don't know if there is anyone who lives in Southeast Michigan who hasn't been to the State Fair in late summer. We still go all the time. Some of the tickets and tokens used to purchase rides and stuff have gotten expensive, but the fair itself is still fun. Rides, games, live acts, it's all here. I imagine that the two weeks that the fair is in town must be a boon to the local economy.

There is plenty of public transportation on both Woodward and 8 mile for those who travel by bus to get to the fair or the surrounding neighborhood. However, anywhere near 8 mile and Woodward is an area you want to avoid after dark. This area has a notorious reputation for prostitution in Detroit, and nothing good happens after dark around here.

There are plenty of retails outlets and stores along the main thoroughfares: 8 mile, Woodward, 7 mile, and John R. I-75 is the closest major freeway as far as getting to the fair by automobile. After all these years the fair is still pretty fun.
Pros
  • The State Fair is still fun
  • Many major thoroughfares and retail outlets
Cons
  • 8 mile and Woodward are notorious trouble spots after dark
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Decent residential community with some highlights"

When I worked at DTE Energy, my coworkers and I would, weather permitting, walk down Michigan to Slow's Barbecue for lunch. Man, Slow's had some great food. And it was a nice after work place as well, to have a drink and watch a game on one of their mounted flat screen TV's.

We did walk there to save on parking, so we got to see some of the neighborhood bordering Michigan. For example, we could see across to Wabash Street which was OK by downtown standards. Not an overwhelming amount of neglect over on this side, but it was a bit rundown.

It is a busy area, with a lot of traffic and construction going on. So the noise level was bit on the high side. In addition to Slow's there were some other nice bars and restaurants along Michigan as well, although I can't remember the name of the one we used to go to also.

There is quite the abundance of DOT busing in this area, so getting around is no issue. And this is right next to downtown Detroit, so you are only a mile or so from every amenity offered over there. I-75 is the major freeway that surrounds and wraps around the neighborhood. I am not that familiar with the other little pocket of residential homes over near the Bagley area, but it's close to Corktown and Bagley on that side is ok.
Pros
  • Slow's Barbecue on Michigan
  • Plenty of public transit available
  • Close to downtown Detroit
Cons
  • Noisy area with the freeway and ongoing construction
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Neighborhood that fell on hard times after Tiger Stadium was razed"

This is another one of the classic neighborhoods in Detroit. Over on Michigan and Trumbull used to be Tiger Stadium where the Detroit Tigers baseball team played for like 80 years before moving on to the new Comerica Park. But anyone who ever went to the ball games at the old stadium remembers the lively atmosphere of the surrounding neighborhood in those days.

Now, the place looks like it has lost its soul. The area is not thriving like it used to. Local businesses suffered when the Tigers left and the neighborhood just doesn't have as much economy as it used to. Even so, there are still decent little pockets of homes and streets in the area surrounding the old ball park. You can see a few nice homes on Church St., and Bagley, and there are local amenities and shops nearby. Public transportation is decent as well.

You are still right next to the epicenter of downtown Detroit when you are here, and you have access to all the amenities there as well. I-75 and the Lodge are the main freeways, and Michigan is one of the main roads.

There are also a few nice restaurants along Michigan if you are in the area.
Pros
  • Great History
  • Nice Residential Area
Cons
  • Could Use Some Amenities
  • The Loss of Tiger Stadium Hurt Businesses Here
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"High class neighborhood down by the river"

This one of the areas that people who want to just tour the historic neighborhoods down by the river check out. We used to drive through here during the summer.

Some of the most classic, stately looking homes in Detroit are in this neighborhood. In fact most of the neighborhoods close by has expensive homes like these. These areas are just beautiful to drive through. All you see are large manicured lawns, pricey cars, and stunning homes. The houses in this area are worth at least several hundred thousand dollars. There are a couple of high rise apartments around here as well, with great views of the river and across to Canada. Buses do run up and down Jefferson, but judging from all the nice cars I have seen through here, they don't ride the bus much.

This neighborhood is not very wide, only about 4 blocks across. On both sides you have yachts docked, surely owned by some of the locals. There are also several parks off the water and of course downtown Detroit is right down the street.

This is a pricey neighborhood, and everyone will not be able to afford living here. But if you have the means, I would definitely investigate this one.
Pros
  • Beautiful stunning homes
  • Very scenic neighborhood
  • Right off of the river
Cons
  • Priceyneighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Very nice Detroit neighborhood if you can afford it"

When I lived downtown, me and my friend used to sometimes drive through historic neighborhoods in Detroit on a mild summer day when there wasn't much to do. We used to drive through Indian Village as well when we had the chance.

This is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Detroit. The homes are sprawling, have huges amounts of square footage, and feature all sorts of unique and classic architecture. This is where the upper echelon of Detroit dwell. There is some serious old money going through here.

Of course this neighborhood has a neighborhood association. In fact I think that they have several. Good schools, right off of East Jefferson, and not far from the center of downtown Detroit. This place is also close to the Marina district, and you know some of those yachts docked over there are owned by the residents of this neighborhood.

Unless you are rich, you may not be able to afford this neighborhood. The classic homes and prime real estate they sit on probably make this too expensive for most. There is public transportation along Jefferson, but most of those who live around here don't need it. This is a five star neighborhood in my book.
Pros
  • Beautiful, sprawling homes with great classic architecture
  • Good schools
  • Great neighborhood associations
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Mexicantown is nice, but..."

Two things brought me to this neighborhood. The first is when I was PC Tech for city of Detroit and had to fix the PC's at the animal shelter down by the river. And the second was when I worked at the DTE headquarters and my coworkers and I went to lunch for Mexican in Mexican town.

As far as the animal shelter area, there was nothing down there in the way of neighborhoods. Just industrial and manufacturing buildings. For some reason there was heightened security in the area, I guess from it being close to the border and the river.

As far as the neighborhood, there were several Mexican restaurants near Bagley. The one we went to had great food and pretty good service. They were always packed at lunchtime and a lot of business came through there.

The surrounding neighborhood was OK. Nothing great, but nothing terrible. One of the ways I judge Detroit neighborhoods is if I feel like I could get robbed at any time. I didn't feel this way when I was over in this area.

I-75 runs directly through this part of town, and West Grand Blvd and Fort St are the main roadways. This area is close to the downtown area, and so by extension has access to its amenities if the locals are willing to travel a few miles.
Pros
  • Great mexican cuisine
Cons
  • Large portion of area is manufacturing and industrial
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Another area of town that could use some taxpayer money for revitalizing"

I don't have the greatest memory of this neighborhood. Once I was driving along the service drive of the Lodge when a drunken driver broadsided me right near Puritan. After we got over the initial stun, we got out of the car and saw the drunks throwing their liquor bottles out of the car and running off into the darkness. They left their car there.

The neighborhood is just about average. Not too great and not too bad. You do see a bit of blight the closer you are to the Lodge service drive, but there are some decent little homes within the center of the neighborhoods. And then there are your standard empty lots and boarded houses.

The Livernois side of the neighborhood is right across the way from University of Detroit Mercy and that area is pretty decent as well. It's relatively clean and doesn't have a bunch of people wandering the street. Marygrove College is also on the other side of the area, over by McNichols. And there are one or two schools in the neighborhood as well.

Buses run down Puritan, McNichols, and Livernois for those who depend on public transportation. One highlight of this area is the Uptown Barbecue place on Livernois down by the Lodge. They have great barbecue there.

The neighborhood is OK as far as moving here, just find out the best streets during your search.
Pros
  • Buses run everywhere
  • Schools and colleges in the are
Cons
  • Some boarded houses
  • Could use some more revitalization along the Lodge areas
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Another area of town that could use some revitalization"

My best friend's brother's wife is from this area. When his car was in the shop I have occasionally driven him over here.

This is not a great neighborhood by any stretch. When we pulled up to his wife's house, I noticed the porch was missing. There was a big hole in the ground where the porch was supposed to be. They basically had to jump up and down the front step to get in and out of the house.

This was the kind of thing I saw through the streets I passed. She lived on Mendota I think. I saw plenty of houses falling apart, boarded up, or just vacant lots where a house once stood. And like so many other poor Detroit neighborhoods, the locals stared you down like you were impinging on their sacred territory. Not a neighborly feeling at all.

There are retail outlets along the main streets surrounding the edges of the neighborhood. You can find shops and restaurants on Chicago, Roselawn, Cloverlawn, and Joy Road. The major freeways close by are I-96, Southfield, and I-94. The buses do run in the area along the major thorough fares, but she did remark once that they ran slow. There are also a couple schools within the neighborhood as well for families.

If you have hard times knocking on your door, then you have to do what you have to do as far as living. But this not an ideal first choice neighborhood to move into.
Pros
  • Close to Expressway
  • Has Some Amenities Nearby
Cons
  • Needs Some Updating
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Sort of mixed bag neighborhood right across the freeway from Wayne State University"

When a friend of mine started going to Wayne State, she met another girl who was taking classes at the same time. Her friend lived over here, and I dropped my friend off at her house a few times.

This is one of those weird neighborhoods where on one street you see some nice, classic homes, and then on another you see some boarded up shacks. My friend's classmate lived on one of the nicer streets actually, I think it was Commonwealth. If you are looking to live in this area, find a home for sale on one of the nicer streets.

The major streets of this neighborhood are Grand River and Trumbull. There are buses as far as public transit, and retails shops located all along Grand River.

Because this neighborhood is close to Wayne State, you see a lot of young people around the area. I don't mean the riff-raff, but positive young people who are trying to educate themselves. It has a nice feel in that regard. The neighborhood is basically bordering the Lodge Freeway, so it's no trouble either going south into Downtown or north into the suburbs. I-94 is also right next to neighborhood for heading east or west with ease.
Pros
  • Retail outlets along Grand River
  • College town atmosphere due to Wayne State
  • Victorian homes
Cons
  • Heavy traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"One more run down area of Downtown Detroit"

There is a bad joke that says that any major city with a Martin Luther King Blvd is a bad street to live on. Although the joke is tasteless, it’s kind of the truth as far as this neighborhood. When I lived in Lafayette Towers my roommate knew an aspiring rapper who had a house on Humboldt.

This place was a complete eyesore. Trash, vacant lots, and boarded up houses were up and down the streets. I am not one to judge but sometimes very poor people have a desperation in their eyes that makes you feel like they will do anything for money, and I saw that look on some of his neighbor's faces. I was uncomfortable the whole time I was there.

The major streets that cut through the neighborhood were Grand River, Warren, and of course Martin Luther King Blvd. Also the neighborhood was boarded on two sides by both I-96 and I-94. The Lodge Freeway was not far away either, and I-75 was a couple miles south. Henry Ford Hospital was only a couple of miles away also.

If this neighborhood has anything positive going for it, it's that it is basically right near Downtown Detroit and all the amenities
Pros
  • Close to Downtown Detroit
  • Many major freeways close by
  • Henry Ford Hospital a couple miles away
Cons
  • Major blight and shady characters standing around
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 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Not an ideal neighborhood in my opinion"

We drive through this neighborhood a few times a year when we go to pick up our teenage neighbor who lives in the Krainz Woods neighborhood across Ryan. We always make sure our doors are locked when we stop at a traffic light. That sums up the basic mood and feeling you get when travelling through here.

It doesn't really matter what time of day or night you drive through here, especially on 7 mile. You are going to see riff-raff hanging around the corners, doing nothing but staring you down in your car. The gas stations on both sides of Ryan have loud and rowdy acting young people running in and out all day. I have actually stopped to get gas at the BP one, and let me tell you my head was on a swivel.

Surprisingly, the actual residential areas were not as bad as I imagined. The houses had lawns that were cut, and were pretty well maintained. You didn't see a bunch of rusted out cars everywhere like in some areas. Most of the blight was found along 7 mile actually.

There were buses running along all the major streets: 7 mile, Conant, East Nevada and Ryan. There weren't a lot of fast food joints, but there were Coney Island's and liquor stores.
Pros
  • Plenty of DOT buses for public transportation
Cons
  • High pedestrian areas, unfriendly looking locals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Nice little area over by the water park"

Everyone in the Detroit area knows about the Chandler Park water park. Everyone I know has been there, including myself, and has had a lot of fun there. I do believe it's the only water park within the city limits. When you are going to the park all the time, you also drive along the main streets surrounding the neighborhoods for gas and food. So you can see a nice bit of the neighborhood even if you don't know anyone that lives there.

There were a few vacant lots, but flowers or grass had been planted there, and it had been maintained. The homes themselves looked pretty nice. There were a lot of one-story and two story homes that you could see from the main streets like Harper and Chalmers. Overall you never had that feeling that someone was going jump out of the bushes and rob you if you weren't paying attention. The streets were relatively clean and this was a pretty cool neighborhood on the east side.

This neighborhood didn't just have the water park. There is even a golf course next to the water park, and I heard it's nice although I have never been there. There is public transportation along Warren Avenue and Chalmers for the locals who need the buses for travel. There was also ample retail outlets scattered about Harper and Warren for minor local shopping. I haven't seen all of the homes here, but I would consider investigating this neighborhood if I wanted to live on the east side.
Pros
  • Close to Amenities
  • Great Attractions Nearby for Kids
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Pretty average part of town"

My friend Darryl lived in this part of the city for a year I think. We used to go to Club Yesterday's which is right across the freeway, and I remember being slightly envious that he didn't have far to go when it was time to leave.

That was about all I envied about the neighborhood. He actually lived in a nice enough looking house over on Appleton, and his neighbors did their best to keep up their homes as well. But like so many Detroit neighborhoods, the riff-raff is never far away. Up and down Telegraph the knuckleheads are racing their cars and blaring their music at all hours. When you are trying to make that "Michigan U-turn" to go from south to north on Telegraph, they will as soon run your car off the road then let you into traffic.

Another thing I didn't like about the area was that there was way too many fast food establishments lined up and down Telegraph. You would have had to go up a couple miles to find a quality grocery store, like the one in K-mart. But overall his neighborhood itself wasn't terrible.

There are schools, parks, and public transportation located throughout the area. And of course I-96 is right there. So if you can find a decent home in the area and you want to live in Detroit, this area might be a so-so option.
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Pros
  • I-96 borders the neighborhood
  • Amenities Nearby
Cons
  • Telegraph Rd is this area hosts a lot of riff-raff in cars
  • High pedestrian area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Pretty average part of town"

My friend Darryl lived in this part of the city for a year I think. We used to go to Club Yesterday's which is right across the freeway, and I remember being slightly envious that he didn't have far to go when it was time to leave.

That was about all I envied about the neighborhood. He actually lived in a nice enough looking house over on Appleton, and his neighbors did their best to keep up their homes as well. But like so many Detroit neighborhoods, the riff-raff is never far away. Up and down Telegraph the knuckleheads are racing their cars and blaring their music at all hours. When you are trying to make that "Michigan U-turn" to go from south to north on Telegraph, they will as soon run your car off the road then let you into traffic.

Another thing I didn't like about the area was that there was way too many fast food establishments lined up and down Telegraph. You would have had to go up a couple miles to find a quality grocery store, like the one in K-mart. But overall his neighborhood itself wasn't terrible.

There are schools, parks, and public transportation located throughout the area. And of course I-96 is right there. So if you can find a decent home in the area and you want to live in Detroit, this area might be a so-so option.
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Pros
  • I-96 borders the neighborhood
  • Amenities Nearby
Cons
  • Telegraph Rd is this area hosts a lot of riff-raff in cars
  • High pedestrian area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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
Just now

"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.
Pros
  • Close to Everything
Cons
  • Area dominated by old factories and manufacturing buildings
  • Many vacant lots
  • Not Amenities Within Community
1/5
Just now

"Rough part of town"

My brother got into a car accident on this side of town, and the tow truck took his car to this huge junkyard/auto parts lot called Ryan's over here. I and my dad came over here to evaluate the wreck to see if it was salvageable.

As we were driving through the area, my dad remarked on how he had friends in the area, and how rough it was over here. Drugs transactions and shady looking dudes could be seen on a few corners around here. He told me one of his friends who lives near Tireman had his car stolen as well. There were a lot of empty store fronts and boarded up houses, along with vacant lots scattered about. People stared you down as you drove by, as if they could tell you didn't live in the neighborhood. Not a very friendly feeling in the area at all.

This area had plenty of public transportation, as you saw buses going back and forth down Chicago Street, Hubbell, and Joy Rd. Like a lot of downtrodden areas of town, you saw way too many Coney Island restaurants and fast food joints. No wonder Detroit always ranks at the top of national obesity rankings.

So basically my dad gave me a heads up on the area, and I saw a little bit for myself the couple times we went out to the junkyard. My advice? Take a pass on this neighborhood as far as moving in.
Pros
  • Major streets nearby and ample busing provided
Cons
  • High crime area
  • Lots of shady pedestrians mulling about
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Here is a another nice neighborhood that I definitely recommend"

My aunt lived with her boyfriend in this area until not too long ago. This is a well-known neighborhood in Detroit that has a lot of nice living areas in the residential zone.

The area of course is named after Palmer Park. The Detroit Golf Club is also right around the corner to this neighborhood. If you are the type that likes outdoor recreation, then this neighborhood might be a perfect match. The Detroit Golf Club is private of course, but the Palmer Park Golf Club is available to the public. I actually played there twice and both times it was a lot of fun.

The main streets that border this neighborhood are McNichols and Woodward Avenue. You can actually see the wooded areas of the park when you drive down Woodward heading south.

You can also find ample public transportation and retail outlets in the area, especially along Woodward. Traffic up and down Woodward can get a little congested, particularly when the State Fair is in town near the end of the summer. But overall it's not too bad. The nearest major freeway would probably be I-75 as far as getting out to the suburbs or downtown. This is definitely another Detroit neighborhood that I highly recommend to anyone.
Pros
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Retail outlets along Woodward
  • Nice living area in the residential part
Cons
  • Woodward can get hectic when special events take place
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Here is a another nice neighborhood that I definitely recommend"

My aunt lived with her boyfriend in this area until not too long ago. This is a well-known neighborhood in Detroit that has a lot of nice living areas in the residential zone.

The area of course is named after Palmer Park. The Detroit Golf Club is also right around the corner to this neighborhood. If you are the type that likes outdoor recreation, then this neighborhood might be a perfect match. The Detroit Golf Club is private of course, but the Palmer Park Golf Club is available to the public. I actually played there twice and both times it was a lot of fun.

The main streets that border this neighborhood are McNichols and Woodward Avenue. You can actually see the wooded areas of the park when you drive down Woodward heading south.

You can also find ample public transportation and retail outlets in the area, especially along Woodward. Traffic up and down Woodward can get a little congested, particularly when the State Fair is in town near the end of the summer. But overall it's not too bad. The nearest major freeway would probably be I-75 as far as getting out to the suburbs or downtown. This is definitely another Detroit neighborhood that I highly recommend to anyone.
Pros
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Retail outlets along Woodward
  • Nice living area in the residential part
Cons
  • Woodward can get hectic when special events take place
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"One of the nice neighborhoods on the west side"

My one friend who thinks he is a lady's man met a girl and her sister who lived in North Rosedale Park. I have been over theoir house on a few occasions, and this is a really nice neighborhood.

One of the things that I notice that sets apart good neighborhoods from the bad ones are neighborhood associations. Neighborhood associations keep crime down and property values up. This one had a pretty strong association, as I heard the girls' mother was a member of it.

The houses in this neighborhood looked very nice, red brick and expensive. There was a bit of classic architecture here as well in some of the streets as well. The girls lived on Glastonbury I think. Nice green lawns, and well taken care of gardens were everywhere. You certainly didn't feel like you were going to get mugged around here.

There is also plenty of retail outlets along Grand River and McNichols, so you don't have to travel very far for those. Overall this is definitely a neighborhood I would consider if I had to move back to Detroit.

The neighborhood borders main streets like Grand River, McNichols, and Southfield. There was public transportation, but most of the residents here looked affluent and owned cars.
Pros
  • Very nice homes and clean streets
  • Strong neighborhood association
  • Located near major streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"This neighborhood and the surround ones are experiencing hard times"

As my cousin lived for a short time in the neighboring area of Greensbriar, we passed through this neighborhood occasionally. As Greensbriar wasn't the best neighborhood to be in, neither was this one. This neighborhood borders both Eight Mile Road and Gratiot Ave. Based on what I have seen as far as Detroit neighborhoods that are close to major roads, most of the riff-raff gravitates to the main thoroughfares in the area. And then a lot of times you will find quieter, more reserved living deeper into the neighborhood.

As this was not a big neighborhood, the riff-raff could be seen and heard from pretty much everywhere. When you pass by in your car and see a cluster of dudes just standing on the corner, they look at you with hostility in their eyes and malice in their hearts. I used to ask my cousin after watching these guys, does he have any friends around here? He would laugh and shake his head.

There are buses that run back and forth along both Eight Mile and Gratiot, so you can get around if you rely on public transportation. But this area really has no highlights to speak of. There are a couple of parks and plenty of retail shopping along Eight Mile, though
Pros
  • Close to Eight Mile for retail shopping
Cons
  • Young knuckleheads loitering around many areas
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Not really a place I would want to raise a family."

My best friend's family fell on hard times and had to move from the suburbs to this house on Auburn St. I hung out around here all the time.

From my experiences, this is not exactly somewhere you would want to live if you had the choice. My friend almost got robbed on Grand River, just walking down the street. Some dudes walked up on him with a gun and tried to force him into an alley. He ran into a shop and the shop owners called the police.

And then here is the kicker: While his father was out of town, somebody firebombed his car right in the driveway! Wow. Nobody was home at the time it happened. We just came back to a charred, burnt out car sitting in the driveway. These are just a couple of examples of this stuff that goes down in this area and why I wouldn't want to live there.

On a positive note. There are many retail outlets along all of the major roadways over here. You've got Grand River, Evergreen, Outer Driver, and Fenkell. There is all sorts of public transportation, although I don't know how safe you will feel waiting at the bus stop.
Pros
  • Major streets close by
  • Busing available
Cons
  • High crime
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"This is not a neighborhood by any stretch"

There is no neighborhhood here. The only thing that stands around here are a bunch of factories, old industrial buildings, and old looking shops. This neighborhood is a few miles from Eastern Market, that is how I have seen it driving through.

This area is borded on both sides by I-75 and I-94. When you look at it, it sort of becomes a symbol of what Detroit used to be, and what it is now. What was once a thriving area with jobs and manufacturing had become obsolete and decayed. I think some of the factories down here still operate but I can't know for sure. There is the sounds of manufacturing noise, but I couldn't pinpoint where it was coming from.

Some of the major streets that go through this area are Hamtramck Drive, East Grand Boulevard, Russell Street, and Trombley Street. A few miles south of here and Russell is at the heart of the Eastern Market District. Clay Street and St. Aubin also run through this particular area of town.

There are actually some residential neighborhoods close to this area, on both sides of each major freeway. But again this is not even a neighborhood, just an old manufacturing area with a bunch of brown grass everywhere.
Cons
  • This is not a neighborhood just a manufacturing area
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Kinda noisy neighborhood in the Hamtramck area"

A girl I used to date had a cousin that lived over here, in the Hamtramck area. I gave her a ride a few times over here when her car was in the shop.

I remember it being loud and noisy due to the Coleman Young Airport being close by. I heard several planes coming in when I was in this neighborhood. It kind of reminded me of a neighborhood that was really close to railroad tracks.

When I was driving through here though, everything looked fairly clean and orderly. There were not a bunch of buildings and houses in a state of disrepair, and I didn't see a bunch of vagrants wandering the streets like some places in Detroit.

The major streets in the area are Gratiot Avenue, Outer Dr E, and McNichols. There was also a pretty big cemetery over near the airport.

This neighborhood had retail outlets, fast food restaurants, and DOT buses running, and was pretty much standard city fare. There are a few parks around, and a school as well. Overall not a bad neighborhood by any stretch. If you had to settle down and find a home around here, other than the noise, this might not be a bad a choice for your money.
Pros
  • Neighborhood looked ok
  • Retail outlets close by
  • Major roadways border neighborhood
Cons
  • Loud noisy airport not far away
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Residential area is ok, steer clear of main streets"

One of our teenage family members lives on Sunset Street with his dad and his granddad. Whenever we are in town we go pick him up to hang out with the rest of the kids.

Sunset is a couple of blocks away from the corner of 7 mile and Ryan. There are two gas stations on this corner, and there is nothing but rowdy activity going on at both of them. Loud, junky cars with loud rowdy passengers shoot in and out of the parking lot and speed of into traffic. When you get out to pump your gas, your eyes are darting around, making sure you see everything that is going on around you. There is way too much riff-raff around here. I try to get my gas elsewhere if I can help it.

There are a bunch of closed down shops close to this intersections as well, going down 7 mile. It is just an eyesore to be honest. They just contribute to the whole rundown look of the area.

Once you get into the residential areas however, the neighborhood looks ok. Cars are parked along the streets in front of the house, but the grass is cut, and the garbage gets taken out. Everything looks pretty clean.
Pros
  • Public transportation is available
  • Decent looking homes in the neighborhoods
Cons
  • Too rowdy and noisy close to the main streets
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Slightly below average neighbor the farther away from 8 mile"

My cousin lived with his stepdad for a short while in this neighborhood. He didn't like him, so he didn't stay with him very long. I used to pick him up every now and then. His stepdad still lives here on Dresden Street.

He told me that he used to see guys selling drugs about a block away from the house. He didn't know these guys, so he minded his own business. He also told me that when he needed to ride the bus, he would try to time it where he arrived at the bus stop as soon as the bus arrived, as he didn't like waiting around, especially in the predawn mornings.

Other than that, he didn't have much to complain about. He even got a job at a party store close to his house, but I don't remember the name of it. And he used to go to the Bel-Air shopping center that is in the next neighborhood over. When I was in that neighborhood with him, I didn''t feel all that comfortable.

Some of the houses on the streets looked bad, and others looked ok. Too often though, you saw boarded up houses and lawns that had knee high weeds. I would not have wanted to live there, and I am glad he didn't stay there long.
Pros
  • Lots of retail and shopping areas
  • Plenty of public transportation
Cons
  • Occasional drug activity
  • Boarded up houses
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
Just now

"Used to be nice place, but now going downhill"

My sister's close friend lives in this neighborhood. Our families grew to know each other over the years, and we came over to visit often.

In those days the neighborhood was fairly average by Detroit standards. Not a lot of riff-raff or overt criminal activity, and nice looking homes lining the streets. Of course she lived on Cheyenne Street, which didn't run all the way through Eight Mile.

The closer you get to the main streets that border the neighborhood, Schaeffer and 8 mile, is when you start to see a lot of the nonsense. Shady looking individuals cruise 8 mile around this area, and to be honest, this is not somewhere I would want to be walking in day or night. Plus, the Oak Park police, whose jurisdiction is right on the other side of 8 mile, often cross over to the Detroit side to harass commuters. This is a well-known fact to anyone who drives through this area.

As this is a 8 mile area, there are plenty of retail outlets around, and of course places serving fast food. The buses run on time around here as well, as you always see them. The Lodge Freeway is right down the road for traveling either downtown or into the suburbs.

Due to the fact that too many shady looking folks wander the main streets of this neighborhood, I wouldn't want to live here.
Pros
  • Retail outlets along 8 mile
  • Close to the Lodge
Cons
  • In Need of Updates
  • Not the Greatest Area
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 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Can you even call this a neighborhood?"

Most of the time this neighborhood isn't even counted by itself. It's usually included whenever the discussion is about the neighboring Joseph Barry Subdivision right of the water near Jefferson. Because honestly it's not much of a neighborhood at all here.

There is this big complex of about three buildings that sort of look like an apartment complex, but I can't be sure as I have never went down there, but other than that, nothing. A couple of wide open park space that doesn’t have much to them is pretty much it. Like I said it's weird that this is even a neighborhood. One plus is that when you are at the parks you can see yachts on the water.
This is an East Jefferson neighborhood, so it's only a few miles from the heart of Downtown Detroit. As far as locally, buses do run up and down Jefferson for those who need public transportation. And there are a few retails outlets up and down Jefferson for light shopping.

Other than the parks, and the water, what more can you say about this place? You can see across the water to Belle Isle, but you could just as easily ride down the bridge and go directly to Belle Isle instead
Pros
  • Near Jefferson and Downtown Detroit
  • Right off of the Detroit River
Cons
  • Nothing much here except an apartment complex
3/5 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Fairly large neighborhood with lots of homes"

This is a fairly large residential neighborhood that has one edge of it right off of the Southfield Freeway and the other off of Joy Road. As I have only been on Grandville Street in this area, it's the only one I can really talk about.

My cousin's grandmother, who is also my (grand-aunt?) still lives over here on Grandville. Couple of times a year we go over there to visit, as she is an older lady and doesn't get out much.

Although she has had a break-in, the street she lives on doesn't look bad at all. There are a lot of neat houses lining the streets, and the overall upkeep of the area was decent. The homes are packed pretty close together though, and there isn't much open space anywhere.

There are a few schools in the neighborhood, and bus stops scattered about the different streets. There is a little retail shopping outlet up near Plymouth road, but that is about it as far as shopping in the neighborhood. There are a few other stores and fast food restaurants along Plymouth as well.

Also of note here is that this neighborhood also borders River Rouge Park. Still a pretty good park and lots of things to do over there. Overall an OK neighborhood for someone who is considering living there I guess.
Pros
  • Right next door to River Rouge Park
  • Some decent streets in a sprawling neighborhood
  • Close to the Southfield Freeway
Cons
  • Ocassional break-ins
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Really just an industrial and business area - not really a neighborhood at all"

I know the surrounding area of this neighborhood well. I was and still am a frequent visitor of the Eastern Market Area, and I did take a few classes at Wayne State University.

As far as this neighborhood, there really isn't much of a neighborhood at all here. The entire little area is dominated by this huge Pepsi factory that sits right on the corner of Mack and Dequindre. There is like some kind of housing project or condo unit right next to the Pepsi plant, but that is pretty much it as far as housing. I don't know for sure what income bracket the people who live in that housing fall under, but the area was clean enough and decent looking for the most part.

There is also this big park right next to the Pepsi plant. I guess the neighborhood got its name from this park. Honestly, this park really has nothing in it, just a big wide open grassy space.

The area is totally surrounding by major streets like Warren, Dequindre, Mack, and the I-75 freeway. There are bus stops as well on Rivard, Mack, and Russell Street. Like I said, I am familiar with the surrounding area and there is not a lot going on around here.
Pros
  • Surrounded by major roads
Cons
  • Not much of a neighborhood
  • Forest Park has nothing but grass
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Decent enough area by Detroit standards"

My first experience with this area came when I was like 7 years old and rode my bike from the Berg Road to K-Mart! I had no business doing that as a kid, and I got in big trouble for it.

Later my best friend lived in an apartment with his mom on Shiawassee, so I used to be over there all the time. The neighborhood wasn't bad at all. Lots of apartments in some parts of it, and the other just modest homes. I'm not sure about the crime statistics of the area, but we never encountered any serious problems with anyone. We just hung out in the area, went to the stores close by, and occasionally ventured over to another apartment complex to meet up with other friends.

Grand River is also right down the street from this area, so that is another bonus as far as a major roadway.

The one big bonus of this area is that it is basically right on 8 mile and Telegraph. There is shopping, restaurants, and retail outlets everywhere around here. There is a hospital I know of for sure a bit down 8 mile heading east, but there might also be one closer.
Pros
  • All sorts of retail outlets around here
  • Decent enough neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Just now

"Used to be run down area now being revitalizaed"

This is a new development project, one of many that the city of Detroit is in desperate need of. There isn't actually much here right now but construction, but in another year or so there will be some nice, new expensive units here. It's going to be called Gardenview Estates when the project is completed, but before it was called Herman Gardens.

Herman Gardens was a notorious housing development known very well throughout the city. All sorts of illicit mess went on inside its confines, including drug deals. It got to the point where someone higher up in the city decided to raze the whole things. So it was bulldozed a few years back and now the redevelopment project is underway.

The new development is right off of the Southfield Freeway and it borders Tireman. Now, Tireman is another well-known street in Detroit due to crime that takes place on and around it, but this new development appears to be different.

Joy Road also borders this area, and there are a few stores along that road. There are also parks and schools in the surrounding neighborhoods here. In a nutshell? Herman Gardens, no way! This new Gardenview Estates, maybe so.
Pros
  • A new development is underway
  • Major roads close to the new development
Cons
  • Notorious past reputation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A mixed bag"

Have you ever been through a neighborhood that on one hand you were like, "no thanks," but on the other hand you were like, "um, maybe?" That is my feeling for this neighborhood. This basically another one of those neighborhood we used to drive through that border Lafayette East and Jefferson, when I lived in Lafayette Towers.

First I'll talk about the amenities. There are schools here, public transportation, and there is St. John's hospital down a bit of way down Jefferson. As you get closer to the river there are a couple of nice parks as well. And of course you are only a few miles from Downtown Detroit and everything that goes along with it.

Ok a word about the actual neighborhood itself. There are some streets that just looked deserted. Old, closed down buildings and deserted looking homes litter certain sections. You also see many vacant lots and unused areas.

Now what I do like is some of the stuff going down around the RIverwalk area. Some of those condo developments that are springing up look absolutely awesome. If you have the money and want to live downtown off of the water, I would definitely check one of those out.
Pros
  • Condo developments along the Riverwalk
  • Close to Downtown Detroit
Cons
  • Some neighborhoods look bad and neglected
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"This is a part of downtown I was impressed by"

When I lived in Lafayette Towers, my friend and I used to travel up and down Lafayette East Street. for various reasons. You know, to visit someone or go to a store, or play football at the park.

This was a very impressive neighborhood by Detroit standards. I saw a lot of nice houses, clean yards, and no trash laying about everywhere. There are a lot of condo type establishments and apartment complexes, but those were kept up pretty well. This is Detroit, of course, but I never felt like some imminent danger was lurking nearby.

Of course when you talk about nightlife, you are basically in Downtown Detroit. Just head the other way on Lafayette and Greektown is a stone's throw away. Buses and cabs come through the area pretty regularly, so anyone who needs to get around can do so easily. Eastern Market is close by also, if you need fresh produce on the weekends or want to visit Bert's Marketplace. I think there is a decent Farmer Jack grocery store up a bit further east on Jefferson as well.

This neighborhood also borders Jefferson Ave, which also has retail outlets and pretty consistent busing. Just avoid Jefferson on weekend nights during the warmer months, as the riff-raff are out in full force.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Run down area of town"

This is another neighborhood that borders the Eliza Howell Park. Like I mentioned before, I am sure the park was nice in its heyday, but not really anymore. I even think the city stopped cutting the grass at the park like two years ago. I can only imagine what it looks like now.

When I and my friends were in the area, we never had much occasion to venture directly into the residential neighborhoods. Instead we stayed around I-96 and Telegraph. It is close to Club Yesterday's on Telegraph, which is nice trendy little nightspot. Just don't hang out in the parking lot.

There are plenty of retail outlets up and down Telegraph over here, so that is a good thing for the neighborhood I guess. The overabundance of fast food joints isn't the most positive things for the resident's health, however.

City buses run over here as well, into oddly late hours. The Southfield Freeway is not far from here either, as far as thoroughfares taking you where you need to go. Just judging by some of the people I see wandering the alleys behind the shopping center on Telegraph, the neighborhood is probably not the greatest one to live in.
Pros
  • Major thoroughfares close by
  • Not Far from Amenities in Nearby Communities
Cons
  • Indigent people loitering Telegraph Rd
  • Many Abandoned Homes
Recommended for
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Nowhere I would want to live"

I dated a girl who lived in this area. It wasn't her fault that she lived in this area, it was all her people could afford. She lived on Chicago street, in this two family flat.

The neighborhood was in a state of disrepair, to put it kindly. Garbage on lawns, abandoned and burnt out houses, were lined up all the way down the street. Her neighbors played their music too loud and raced their cars up and down the street. The girl said that a homeless man accosted her one day while she walking down the street. He actually tried to drag her into an abandoned garage until she fought him off and ran.

Like most bad neighborhoods in Detroit, there are fast food restaurants and liquor stores on every corner. I remember we went to the McDonalds in this neighborhood, and the car in front of us had rowdy passengers in it. They were cussing out the drive thru worker for some reason. I just shook my head and pulled off.

There are plenty of buses running through the major streets like Evergreen and Greenfield as far as public transportation.
Pros
  • Near major roads
Cons
  • Crime and blight
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A pretty cool park area of Detroit"

I can honestly say that I am no expert on the surrounding neighborhood, but I do know about the park. I think everyone who lives in Detroit has visited at least a couple of times. I love coming out here.

The park is the largest in Detroit, I think. The Rouge River runs right through park, actually snakes through it in several places. Anyway, you can do whatever you want to at this park. There are a bunch of picnic areas for outings, baseball fields for softball games, and trails for bicycling. I think there are swimming pools still open as well during the summer months, but I didn't go swimming here. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, and a whole bunch of playgrounds for the kids.

As an adult, I am more interested in golfing than anything else. Guess what? They have a a good solid 18 holes you can play here as well. I scored OK the last time me and my cousin played a round here.

I-96 and Telegraph are the major roads close to the neighborhood, so there isn't much trouble getting in and out. Southfield Freeway is not far away either. There are a few retail outlets and restaurants over by Outer Dr as well if you are looking for dining in the area. Not a bad place at all.
Pros
  • The biggest park in Detroit
  • Lots of major roads and freeways nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Nice little neighborhood close to the State Fairgrounds"

One of my co-workers at Best Buy in Southfield lived in this area. I dropped her off at home a few times when her mom couldn't pick her up.

This was a nice little area. Nice two-story, clean looking homes were lined up down the streets. There wasn't a bunch of garbage, boarded up homes, and overran vacant lots full of weeds. I didn't feel like I had to keep watching my back and keep my head on a swivel the few times I gave her a ride home.

This area is right by Eight Mile and Woodward. As these are major streets, the buses run all the time around here. We were working out in the suburbs, which is why she couldnt take the bus home.

There were a lot of fast food restaurants around, which is probably not the greatest thing if you think about it. The residents here must have a lot of clogged arteries.

One highlight of this area is Baker's Keyboard Lounge. It is small, but upscale and classy. I have taken a woman here on a couple of occasions, and had a good time. Good food, and live music. This is a very low key and relaxing venue. I would live in this neighborhood actually, but I would have to go grocery shopping somewhere else.
Pros
  • Baker's Keyboard Lounge
  • Nice homes in a clean neighborhood
  • 8 mile and Woodward close by for travel
Cons
  • Too many fast food restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Now this is a nice neighborhood"

My friend, the lady lover, always meet girls who lived in the city. One girl he met lived in this part of town. I went over here with him because he told me she had cute friends, and I needed to see for myself.

Now this is a part of Detroit I would live in as of 2012. All you saw was nice-looking well kept homes everywhere. I am willing to bet anything that this neighborhood has a strong neighborhood association. I think the street the girl lived on was Glastonbury, but I am not sure.

Here you didn't see the typical abandoned homes, empty lots, and thugs mulling about doing nothing. What you did see whas green, not brown, grass that was cut regularly. And you also saw a lot of nice, brick, two-story houses lining the streets. And the houses were not packed together liked sardines in a can either.

Southfield Freeway is right there, and so is Grand River. Southfield Freeway is actually how we came from the suburbs into the city over here. Buses run down Grand River, and there is a shopping complex right over there where Grand River and Southfield Freeway intersect. Like I said, this is one neighborhood that I would live in as far as Detroit. Highly recommended.
Pros
  • Very nice looking homes
  • Clean neighborhoods
  • Shopping, and main thoroughfares nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Not the friendliest looking area"

Ok, this is that neighborhood that is right next to Eastern Market, and is bordered on one side by Gratiot. When I used to go Bert's Marketplace at night, I used to travel down Gratiot a little bit to go to the gas station.

This place has a foreboding sense of doom, especially after dark. All sorts of shady looking characters and hooligans were wandering about, looking for trouble probably. I usually got my gas and left as soon as possible. I can admit I did not go deep into the residential part of the neighborhood, but I saw plenty off of Gratiot. I saw women walking around in places they shouldn't have been. They were probably "working" if you know what I mean.

You saw vacant lots everywhere, and closed storefronts. A couple retail outlets were scattered around, and of course fast food restaurants were close by. The bus did run down Gratiot, at unusually late hours in my opinion. I guess people have to get where they need to go at night as well. There is no way I would ever live in this neighborhood, regardless of the circumstances. But it is close to the freeway though, so you can jump on I-75 and make a quick getaway.
Pros
  • Eastern Market is right next door
Cons
  • Shady characters pack Gratiot
  • Deserted homes and vacant lots
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Still a pretty decent neighborhood"

Everyone in Detroit, especially those who live on the west side, has driven past the University of Detroit Mercy, or as well call it, "UDM," on McNichols down by Livernois. I even know a few people who live in the surrounding neighborhood.

I would describe the surrounding neighborhood as just slightly about average for Detroit standards. When I was there I didn't see a whole bunch of boarded up and burnt out home like I have in some places. Instead most of the homes, although packed tightly together, had trees, gardens, and decent looking cars parked in front of them or in the driveway. But you did see guys loitering around and standing in the street on occasion. Why are city people so territorial?

One of my friends says he knows a guy that got robbed over on Dexter down here, but I or no one else I know encountered any real problems. Due to the University being there, you do get more traffic, but also more people spending money in the general area.

The buses run down McNichols and Livernois, so people living here can get back and forth if they need to. There are also a bunch of fast food restaurants around here, which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.
Pros
  • The University of Detroit Mercy
  • Area is above average with neat looking homes
Cons
  • Housed packed closely together
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Another part of town that needs revitalizing"

My friend met a girl at a party who lived on one of the streets in this neighborhood. I think it was 14th street. I was with him a few times when he went to visit her.

You don't feel very safe when you are around here. I was several destitute people pushing shopping carts full of what were probably their belongings. The look in their eyes was one of quiet desperation, like they would do just about anything for money. There were also large areas of vacant land, and boarded up houses.

The girl’s house was actually not bad though. It was a two-story older home, but it looked like it had been maintained pretty well. Some of the surrounding neighbors had also taken the time to have gardens in the front lawn as well.

As we travelled back and forth to 14th street via the Lodge Freeway, we did pass by other streets that didn't look as good. We saw cars on blocks, cars with the windows busted out, and guys just standing in the middle of the street, staring at every vehicle that drove by.

Being that the Lodge and I-96 were both close to this area, you could get on either one depending on where you needed to go. And the buses came frequently as well. Not my cup of tea, but there was kept up homes scattered about.
Pros
  • Close to two major freeways
  • DOT buses ran in the area
Cons
  • Blight, and boarded up houses
  • Abandoned cars
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Has seen better days"

When I was around 10, we lived one block over from the border of this neighborhood. I lived on Archdale right off of Schoolcraft, and I went over to this neighborhood to hangout with friends or buy candy from the drugstore.

I wasn't going to be caught on foot in this neighborhood, so for quick getaways I rode my bike. The neighborhood was surprisingly nice looking back then, and it is still is when I go back through that area today for work. I think the neighborhood had a strong neighborhood association or watch, because everything was kept up, and the people seemed to know what was going around there.

Nothing stands out about the neighborhood other than that, though. It just seems like one more of dozens of cookie-cutter neighborhoods scattered throughout Detroit. It is right next to the Southfield Freeway, so its good for travelling but not great for excess traffic and noise. Just a lot of homes stacked neatly next to each other.

There are a few riff-raff and knuckleheads mulling about, but nothing out of the ordinary. You can catch a a bus in this neighborhood, as the DOT bus runs on a fairly consistent schedule. But if you want some excitement, shopping, eating, or anything like that you have to get on the freeway. Go south to Dearborn and the mall, or go north to go into Southfield for their mall and other stuff.
Pros
  • Neighborhoods kept up
Cons
  • Riff-raff mulling about, especially at the gas station
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"There is the golf course and not much else"

As a kid I used to live in the next neighborhood over, Berg Lahser. I lived on Pembroke right off of Berg Road. The neighborhood kids I hung out with were quite adventurous and we often rode our bikes down Berg Road into the Old Redford neighborhood.

The neighborhood had a quaint, vintage feel to as I recall back then. Some of the homes and streets seem right of some old time movie. The upkeep was decent then, and it hasn't fallen of dramatically since. The neighborhood is really small though, consisting of only a few streets.

I recently reconnected with a neighbor girl who used live in Berg Lahser, and she still lives there. She said much of the neighborhood is the same, and Old Redford is about the same as well. There is some decent shopping down Grand River. I remember I got one of my first bikes at a bike shop down there.

As an adult the new attraction is the golf course. I think I read somewhere that it the only African American owned golf course in Michigan. I have golfed there twice; once as a teen and once as an adult. Needless to mention, I had more fun as an adult because I was a much better golfer. The course is not bad and the rates are decent.

Other than that there is not much going around here. You have the major thoroughfares like Grand River, Telegraph and Seven Mile close by, but that's about it.
Pros
  • Nice golf course
  • Major thoroughfares
Cons
  • The area need some revitalizing
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A former nice neighborhood that now seems like a ghost town"

This is the neighborhood of Northwestern High School, which is a decent high school by DPS standards. My cousin Rick went there for a couple of years before transferring.

The neighborhood is average as far as crime, but there is quite a bit of blight. There are a lot of vacant lots, empty store fronts, and brown grass. The whole neighborhood needs an infusion of life and income. Yes, it's near Wayne State and Ford Hospital, but there is not much more to it than that.

Because it is near Wayne State the neighborhood is close to the Lodge, I-94, Woodward Avenue, etc. so you can jump on one of them if you travel to and from a lot.

There are the basic inner-city amenities, as far as little restaurants, fast-food chains, gas stations, and other little retail outlets along the major streets.

The highlight of the neighborhood is the Motown Museum. It's also called Hitsville U.S.A. This is truly a Detroit Landmark, and it does get quite a few visitors. It's on Berry Gordy Jr Blvd. Check it out at least once if you are a fan of Motown Music. I myself have been in there once, and it's a lot of fun.

Other than that, not much is going on around this neighborhood. Would I live there? Probably not.
Pros
  • Motown Museum
  • Close to Wayne State and Henry Ford Hospital
  • Good public transit
Cons
  • Lots of vacant and empty spaces
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"The closer to the campus, the better"

I took a couple of classes there in my college years. I and a neighbor who also went there used to go together. The surrounding neighborhood is a different story, but the campus was cool. It had all the amenities you would expect for the city of Detroit's major college campus. As usual is the story in places like this, parking is a drag unless you have a pass. Trying to park on the street is a nightmare.

I love college campuses and the atmosphere. There is nothing like seeing young, fresh faces shuffling off to class or mingling in the common areas. The whole place has a certain kind of energy that I like. Walking through the campus areas outside is not bad either, even in the winter months.

Public transportation in the area is much better than average. The buses ran often, and there is even an Amtrak station nearby. The campus is bordered by the Lodge and I-94, and Woodward Avenue is right there as far as main streets and getting around fast. Henry Ford hospital is also only a few blocks away. The surrounding living areas, and neighborhood are another story, but campus life is nice.
Pros
  • Campus life is high energy and fun
  • Modern amenities
Cons
  • Parking is not great
  • Surrounding neighborhoods aren't nice looking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Working class, downriver neighborhood"

I saw a bit of this neighborhood both while traveling I-75 to head to Lincoln Park in my former IT career, and because it was right next to the Oakwood Heights neighborhood we used to drive through to get back and forth to one of the treatment plants there.

The whole area is decidedly working class. The homes look average as far property values, but they were kept up well by Detroit area standards. There of course were people commuting to industrial area in the next neighborhood over, but it seemed like allot of this neighborhood were employed in the Oakwood Heights area plants and factories. You see some of the same people and cars going back and forth.

The buses run pretty regular along Schaefer, as far as public transit goes. What I used to do was get on I-75 when I wanted to head back to the northwest side, so I was glad it was there. Outer Drive is another main Detroit road and you could take that as well if you wanted to connect to I-94.

A couple parks were scattered here and there, but not much else. In general, not much going around here, but the neighborhood is decent if you needed to live there.
Pros
  • Close to the Downriver Community
  • Very Accessible
Cons
  • Nothing much going on
  • Older Community In Need of Updates
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Another part of town that has went dowhill"

While Cooley High, when it was open, wasn't technically a part of this neighborhood, it’s only a block away or so. It's closed down now, as DPS is in shambles. I went to Cooley summer school two years in a row because it was cheaper than going to summer school in the suburbs. Sometimes my friend and I would catch the bus to Greenfield, and then walk the rest of the way,

The main street we used to walk on was Fenkell. There were assorted knuckleheads cruising the streets both on foot and in their cars. They behaved like wild animals. Fighting and cursing was what they seemed to do best. The neighborhoods on both side of Fenkell were dilapidated and run down. Although the buses ran on Fenkell and Greenfield, they were often late. The kids who went to Cooley overran the area when school was let out. It was like they didn't have homes to go to, which most of them actually did.

Fenkell had the usual assortment of neighborhood businesses and storefronts, including the ubiquitous liquor stores. All in all, I didn't mind going to summer school over there, but I wouldn't have wanted to live there full time. I still pass through the area occasionally because I have a cousin who lives on Whitcomb, and it seems to get worse every year
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Cons
  • Unsafe environment
  • Noisy and loud
  • Areas that Must Be Revitalized
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"A down neighborhood bordering Eliza Howell Park"

For me, going to Eliza Howell Park was a mistake I'll only make once. I I think it is closed or about to close anyway. The first time I went a few years back, the riff-raff were out in full force. My friend who I drove there with swears that quite a few of the women hanging about were actually prostitutes looking for customers. Needless to say, we didn't stay long. I left wondering why anyone would want to go there. I heard it was nice many years ago, but that was then and this is now.

The neighborhood adjacent to the park is a mess. Go there for some reason and all you see are lots of boarded up, burnt out houses up and down the streets.

The area is right by I-96, so I guess you can hop on the Jeffries to drive out of their as fast as you can. Telegraph is close by as well.

The one highlight of the entire area? Yesterday's, a trendy nightclub. I have been to the nightclub many times and had a lot of fun. The club has dancing and music. If you don't get to the nightclub early, parking is a nightmare. And don't hang around the parking lot area either. Go in the club, have fun and leave before closing.
Pros
  • Club Yesterday's
  • Close to I-96
Cons
  • The park is not safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Just a downriver area near River Rouge with a lot of factories and plants"

I haven't lived here or know anyone who does. However, I used to ride with my friend as he was dropping his dad off to work at a plant down here. We usually took I-75 south to get there.

We usually drove down South Dix Street as we were travelling through town. This is really just a part of town with plants, factories, and industrial buildings everywhere. There are a couple of little neighborhoods around here, but they were nothing special. You can kind of smell chemicals in the air around here from all the manufacturing that takes place, which isn't that pleasant. To be honest, it is just kind of lifeless and barren around here.

The major streets are Oakwood, Dix, and Fort Street. This is another one of those areas that is near River Rouge. I did not see much retail activity going on around the few main streets we were rode on. The only thing you find here is the occasional gas station. I imagine that most of the locals are employed by one the factories that dot the area. You can also hear noise from heavy machinery grinding and other manufacturing processes taking place. This whole area is just kind of grey, gloomy, and gritty.
Pros
  • None
Cons
  • Smell of manufacturing chemicals in the air
  • No retail outlets really
Recommended for
  • Professionals
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A not so great neighborhood getting worse"

My childhood best friend's dad used to live in this area. I think he lived on St. Mary's, if I remember correctly. I came around here often to pick my friend up to go hang out.

One of my lasting memories of the area is how my friend was robbed of his jacket and jewelry, in broad daylight on a major street, Fenkell. That tells you all you need to know about the area. I drive through here occasionally as a shortcut to my aunt's house, and the area looks about the same. Fast food joints and liquor stores are everywhere. The residents are hard-working, honest individuals, but the young thugs loitering the streets are a constant headache. Buses run on the major streets like Fenkell and McNichols, but that just makes the noise level go way up. Burned out and abandoned homes line some streets, and closed store fronts are an eyesore.

I am not going to judge everyone who lives in the area, as my aunt and my friend's dad are smart, honest individuals. But I would never live here or recommend it to anyone else. But hey, if you need a place to live and you find a decent home in the area, you have to what you have to do, until you can do better.
Pros
  • The Southfield Freeway is close by
  • The DOT runs on the major streets
Cons
  • Bad part of town
  • Not a lot of healthy eating options
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Students
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"This isnt really a neighborhood, just a medical complex"

My former IT career has taken me all over Detroit, and Southwest Michigan. I had an assignment replacing PC's at Hutzel Hospital, so I had to drive into this part of town every day for a few months.

This is just a big, sprawling medical district. Nothing is really here but hospitals and medical institutes. Of course, parking was terrible as usual. If you are not onsite at the crack of dawn, or have a parking pass, you are walking to where you need to go, or paying big time. Wayne State University is nearby, so if you pretty much have to cross over to that area for the basic urban amenities like food, gas, and major roadways.

There is a lot of traffic in this area, as this district employs many people. So I guess it's good for the overall economy of the area. But there is nowhere to live here. Like I mentioned, you have to go to one of outlying areas for housing, like the Wayne State area.

Woodward and I-75 is close by, so you can get in and out pretty easy. Unless there is another accident on I-75, then you are in bumper to bumper traffic.
Pros
  • Major freeway close by
Cons
  • No living area in district
  • Terrible parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
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 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"The Shrine of the Black Madonna, but not much else"

I was first introduced to this area when I was around 19 and a friend took me to this area to visit the Shrine of the Black Madonna bookstore. I was blown away by the rich culture and information this store held, and more stunned by the shocking diversity of the customers. People of all races went there to buy literature and other memorabilia. We started coming here every week, and I still visit the store.

Honestly, other than the bookstore, I wouldn't hang out in this area. I wouldn't live there either. There is too much crime and too many shady folks wandering about over on Livernois and Davidson. It's noisy at the intersection, and there seems to be a latent hostility among the people on the streets. I recall many times feeling uneasy being there. I used to park across the street from the Shrine, in a liquor store parking lot. I used to wonder if my car would still be there when I came out of the store.

But Livernois and Davidson is a major Detroit intersection, so yes the buses run regularly. Lots of liquor stores and fast food restaurants around here, which can't be great for the resident's health. The Lodge is close by as well, so that is a plus for travel, and a minus for noise and traffic. Other than the bookstore, steer clear.
Pros
  • The Shrine of the Black Madonna Book Store
  • Close to the Lodge Freeway
  • Buses run regularly
Cons
  • High crime area
  • Too many liquor stores and fast food restaurants
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Nice neighborhood especially when you get close to the water"

I used to date a woman who lived in this part of Detroit. I don't remember exactly what street she lived on, but it was close to the water. I drove down here a few times to visit her, and tried to familiarize myself with the area a bit.

I do remember this area being close to Gross Pointe. That being said, I liked this neighborhood. It looked clean enough and quiet enough as I drove through here. I noticed a lot of parks around here also, and they were decently maintained. A friend and I recently came back through this area to visit someone else, and not much has changed.

Now, some of these houses by the water are indeed very nice. Must be some expensive property. There is even a little marina in the area, and you see a lot of boats and yachts off the water.

As far as amenities, it's your standard Detroit fare, a little bit of retail activity, but not much. East Jefferson Street is the main street over here, so there are you get where you need to go on Jefferson. The Fisher Mansion is close by as well if you are interested in seeing it. A guy I used to work with says the food is great in there.
Pros
  • Waterfront is nice
  • Fisher Mansion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A diverse neighborhood in terms of property upkeep - some good, some bad"

My great-aunt used to live here and my cousin lived with her. Their house was close to 7 mile on Livernois so we came over often for family gatherings. As we got older we hung out a bit in the neighborhood.

This is a weird part of town, in my opinion. The closer you get to 7 mile, the worse the houses and neighborhoods are, but as you travel south in this little area, you get pockets of very nice homes and streets. They are well-kept up and maintained.

As this is Detroit, and major streets like 7 mile, McNichols, and Livernoise are close by, there is plenty of public transportation. I have never been a big fan of riding DOT buses, but they get you where you need to go, and there are plenty of connecting routes if you buy transfers. There is a mall not far from the 7 mile and Livernois intersection, but I don't like shopping there. Low class customers and riff-raff crowd this mall. I'd much rather shop at Northland.

Overall I wouldn't want to live here. There is moderate crime here, like most of the city. If you can find the little pockets of streets around here that are well-maintained and clean, I guess this wouldn't be a terrible place to live if you can't afford better.
Pros
  • Pockets of decent housing
  • Good public transportation
  • Good Cost of Living
Cons
  • Moderate crime and traffic
  • Not Much New Business or Commerce
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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
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"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
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"So-so neighborhood on the edge of Detroit"

I lived in this neighborhood for four years in elementary school. We lived on Pembroke right off Berg Road, right across the street from Taft Middle School. I made some lifelong friends who still live in the area, so I visit often.

The neighborhood is average in every respect. Average looking homes, average property values, and an average amount of crime for a big city. The neighbors who live there are pretty close knit when they get to know each other. Lots of schools in the area, but the Detroit Public Schools are in a state of disarray. A few parks here and there, but they are not very well kept up.

The fact that the neighborhood is close to 8 mile does have its advantages. Plenty of restaurants, stores, shopping, retail outlets, and gas stations line 8 mile road in both directions. There is a hospital right on 8 mile as well, I think it’s called the Detroit Medical Center, and it has a 24-hour emergency room.

If you can find a nice home that suits your needs in the area, like I said, it's not a terrible place to live as far as Detroit neighborhoods. There is a bit of crime, but the neighbors are close-knit and watch out for each other for the most part. I feel safe traveling there to visit.
Pros
  • Neighbors are a close-knit group
  • Plenty of schools in the area
  • Close to retail outlets on 8 mile
Cons
  • Moderate crime
  • Average homes as a far as property values
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A nice, underrated part of Detroit"

I have both worked in the New Center area, and went to clubs and bars in the area. When I was working down there, parking was a bear. You either had to park far away from your office building, or pay an arm and leg to park in a garage. I did work for GM in the Fisher Building before they moved to the Ren Cen. There are plenty of little shops and places to eat inside the complex which was a huge bonus for me. The main street around the area is Woodward, and of course you can hop right on or off the Lodge to get there.

I have frequented both of the nightclubs housed in the Fisher building, and I had a blast each time. Trendy, high-class, high-energy, attractive people go there to have fun. A Definite plus in my book.

It's really not an area where you want to live, although there are some neighborhoods close by. The neighborhood area is run down. Whenever I had to park far from the main area close to one of the neighborhood areas, I was always nervous that my car wouldn't be there when I came back. But like I said, it's really more of a business district than anything else.
Pros
  • Very nice club/bar scene
  • Close to the Lodge Freeway
Cons
  • Neighborhood area is run down.
  • Parking is terrible
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"Trendy neighborhood thats not far from Greektown"

I used to live in the Lafayette Towers on Orleans Street. Lafayette Towers is a huge, twin high-rise apartment in the Lafayette neighborhood, right down the street from Greek Town. I lived in a two-bedroom with a friend and it was not bad as far as price. There is a grocery store right next to the complex but the produce and meat was not fresh enough for my liking, so I shop elsewhere. There is a little video store and also a Thai restaurant next to the grocery store, and I frequent them often.

To get to Greek town all I have to do was go down Orleans, then make a right at Lafayette Street and cross I-75. The entire area is neat and clean; although when it gets warm out the riff-raff drive their cars up and down the streets a bit too fast. I really like that little night club, Intus, on Lafayette. I have been there a few times and have always enjoyed myself. Because it’s right downtown near the casinos, this neighborhood either has all the amenities you look for, or they are very close by. Schools and hospitals are close by as well. One of my favorite neighborhoods to hang out in when I go downtown.
Pros
  • Close to Greektown
  • Cost of living not sky-high
  • Amenities close by
Cons
  • Young people speeding on Lafayette
  • Sub-standard grocery store next to the complex
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A decent enough area by Detroit standards"

My friend Antonio used to live about a quarter mile north of 8 mile and Roselawn. I and my other friends used to go over to his house to just hang out. We spent some time in the area so I know the neighborhood well. When you go there you see lots of small houses neatly lining both sides of the street. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the neighbors kept up their lawns and property in general. I did see a lot of '"for sale" signs on lawns whenever I was around there, so people were looking to move on for some reason.

In general it is a quiet neighborhood. 8 mile Rd is right there so that has its pluses and minuses. The pluses were that gas stations, party stores, fast food restaurants, and other little shops are just a stone's throw away. Also, Northland Mall is only about a mile and half in way if you cross Eight Mile north into Southfield. And like I mentioned 8 mile is close by so you have traffic noise and a lot of police traffic stops with the flashing lights. Since its 8 mile you do have your assortment of "street people" wandering around, which doesn't make you feel very safe.

Henry Ford Hospital is close to this neighborhood, which is another plus. Overall it wasn't a bad neighborhood to socialize in, and that's saying something in Detroit.
Pros
  • Surprisingly well-kept homes and lawns
  • Close to 8 mile for travel and shopping
  • Henry Ford Hospital nearby
Cons
  • Lots of traffic stops on 8 mile
  • "Street people" wandering 8 mile
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"A former great Detroit landmark continues to go downhill"

I have been to Belle Isle so many times over the years. Picnics, family gatherings, and just hanging out. It used to be a real nice place to go relax on the water front, but it goes downhill every year. The zoo is closed as well, I think. There used to be some riff-raff that hung out on Belle Isle in the summer, but that number has grown. Especially at night. They park their cars along the waterfront parking spaces, get out and blare their music. Mostly young, urban thugs. The smell of marijuana wafts through the crowd, and it's difficult to drive through the throng hanging out in the roadway. Sometimes there are fights as well. But I have long avoided going anywhere near that at night.

The daytime is not bad though. Still a good place for picnics and barbecues. There are plenty of stationary mounted grills, and picnic tables in shady spots for people to setup their site. There are some nice nature spots, like little wooded areas and nooks, and some nature trails as well. And the parking spots right off of the Detroit River bank are abundant during the day. When the breeze comes in off the water on a mild day, it is very relaxing. You can also see alot of yachts, as the Detroit Yacht Club is there. I go back to Belle Isle on occasion, but only in the day, and in the summer.
Pros
  • Waterfront views
  • Picnic areas
  • Nice Zoo
Cons
  • Young riff-raff are too loud on summer nights
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Eastern Market - A bustling hub of activity"

Eastern Market is one of Metro Detroit’s not-so-hidden jewels. I first learned about the area when a friend lived at the Lafayette Towers downtown used to take me there. Later, I took several dates to Bert's Marketplace. On the weekends when all the fresh produce is out for sale, the market is alive with activity, and people from everywhere are buying up stuff. There are vendors selling everything you can think of. The Eastern Market area itself is like a six-block area where all of that commerce and business takes place. It's right by the freeway also, so you can connect to the Lodge, I-75, and I-94 very easily from there.

I do not like the surrounding area, though. Homeless people and shady characters walk the streets, so you have to keep your eyes and ears open, especially at night. But the main attraction for me is Bert's Marketplace. It's a small little jazz club with a nice bar, indoor and patio seating, and live bands on certain nights. The food is great in here also, especially the wings. Trust me; I have impressed several dates by taking them there over the years. It's a low-key, mellow spot where you can enjoy the music and the atmosphere, have a drink or two and just chill. I go back to buy produce and hang out at Bert's every chance I get.
Pros
  • Great nightlife at Bert's Marketplace
  • Fresh produce galore on the weekends
  • Close to major freeways
Cons
  • Shady-looking surround area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Just now

"A downtown area that is making leaps and bounds every year."

I have worked and lived in Downtown Detroit. The thing I like most about Downtown Detroit is its energy. You see thousands of people everyday working, living, traveling, partying, going to sporting events, and having fun. Sometimes it just feels like excitement is in the air. There are so many trendy restaurants full of young, attractive people, and upscale bars serving classy patrons and important clientele. During the holidays, all of the major buildings, landmarks, and skyscrapers are lit up and glittering. During the summer, especially from a high rise office building, apartment, or restaurant you can see a nice looking skyline, and boats on the Detroit River. New businesses and housing developments seem to be cropping up every year. When the Red Wings, Tigers, or Lions are really good, game days/nights are absolutely electric. People out on the streets, going to bars, clubs, and restaurants, mingling and having a good time with each other.

I guess the downside of Downtown Detroit is that some of the streets can be confusing to someone who is not familiar with the downtown area, and there are a few areas of blight and crime like any major city. Overall though, the positives far outweigh the negatives. There are only a couple quality grocery stores that I know of offhand, that would be another drawback. The cost of living is a bit higher, too. But I still enjoy Downtown Detroit immensely.
Pros
  • Entertainment and Nightlife
  • Scenic
  • Upbeat and Up-tempo
Cons
  • Some areas of blight and crime
  • High cost of living
  • Not many grocery stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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