Map: Cityscape’s Historic Detroit Neighborhoods 2003

by: Arthur Mullen (originally published 08/08/2003 on CityscapeDetroit.org)

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Detroit is composed of many neighborhoods, each with a unique history and features. Not many people are aware of them all or where they are located. Cityscape Detroit has created this map. “Mouse-over” a neighborhood to have its name appear (with MS Internet Explorer).

Arthur Mullen researched this information. Andrew Koper published it to the web. Click here to go back the Cityscape web site. If you want to print the map out, set your paper side margins to .5 inch to fit it on a portrait page. If one of the neighborhood names below is a hyperlink, you can click on it to get a short description of the neighborhood in a pop-up window. The names of the neighborhoods on the map will not appear under the cursor if the pop-up window from the list of neighborhoods is active.

Number on map and neighborhood name

1 Brush Park 28 Green Acres 55 Riverdale 82 Grandmont #1
2 Downtown 29 Palmer Woods 56 The Eye 83 Westwood Park
3 Midtown 30 Sherwood Forest 57 Franklin Park 84 Minock Park
4 Wayne State 31 Rosedale Park 58 Berg-Lasher 85 Littlefield
5 Cultural Center 32 North Rosedale Park 59 Core City 86 Barton-McFarland
6 Art Center 33 Gold Coast 60 East English Village 87 Petosky-Otsego
7 Medical Center 34 Woodbridge 61 Eight Mile Wyoming 88 Fishkorn
8 Rivertown 35 Briggs 62 English Village 89 Grandale
9 Lafayette Park 36 LaSalle Gardens 63 Fitzgerald 90 park
10 McDougall-Hunt 37 Conant Gardens 64 Bagley 91 NW Goldberg
11 Elmwood Park 38 Regent Park 65 Martin Park 92 Chaldean Town
12 Eastern Market 39 Brightmoor 66 Michigan-Martin 93 Morningside
13 Forest Park 40 Warrendale 67 Milwaukee Junction 94 Mohican Regent
14 Poletown East 41 Eliza Howell 68 Alden Park 95 Weatherby
15 Corktown 42 Castle Rouge 69 Belmont 96 Russell Woods
16 West Side Industrial 43 Grandmont-Rosedale 70 Van Steuban 97 Conner Creek Ind
17 Hubbard-Richard 44 Carbon Works 71 Ravendale 98 park
18 New Center 45 Springwells 72 LaSalle College Park 99 Millenium Village
19 Virginia Park 46 Southwest Detroit 73 Pulaski 100 Park
20 Boston Edison 47 Joseph Barry Subdivision 74 Greensbriar 101 Detroit Golf
21 Islandview 48 State Fair Grounds 75 Kranz Woods 102 Park
22 West Village 49 University District 76 Aviation Sub. 103 Park
23 Indian Village 50 Chandler Park 77 Blackstone Park 104 Park
24 Marina District 51 Five Points 78 Parkland 105 Park
25 Jefferson Chalmers 52 Herman Gardens 79 Oakman Blvd. 106 Jefferies
26 Palmer Park 53 Grixdale 80 Boynton
27 Delray 54 Old Redford 81 Oakwood Heights

East Village (62) is directly east of historic Indian Village. This area is being redeveloped by the Jefferson Ave. Housing Development Corp., which is affiliated with Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. The group is using a mixture of new construction and rehabilitation with market rate housing that broke ground in spring of 2002.

Conant Gardens (37) is a neighborhood built and owned by black people starting in the 1910’s. Over 160 years ago, the owner of the property, Schubael Conant, removed the racially restrictive covenants that prevented land from being sold to blacks. This abolitionists actions allowed the neighborhood to develop under black ownership. They were prevented from buying land in much of the rest of the city until the late 1940’s.

Five Points (51) is located the farthest from city hall. The neighborhood gets its name from the junction of five main streets. It is compromised of many unique homes to Detroit, including arts and crafts bungalows.

Lafayette Park and Elmwood Park (9 & 11) are two urban renewal projects that eliminated Black Bottom, one of the few black neighborhoods (curiously named for the dark, rich soil). Lafayette Park is one of the first Federally funded urban renewal projects and, designed by famous modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, arguably one of the best. It combines mixed income high rise apartments, retail stores, and low rise condos. Elmwood Park is to the east. It is composed of condo’s co-ops, and apartments that are still in new condition. Two new condo projects have been recently completed and older apartments are being converted into condos.

Chaldean Town (92) is home to Detroit’s vibrant Chaldean community for over 25 years. It is anchored by a commercial district along Seven Mile Rd east of Woodward Avenue.

Corktown and Hubbard-Richard (15 & 17) are two near west communities on the rebound that are split by the Michigan Central railroad station. Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood and is both a local and National historic district. It is composed of many beautiful Victorian bungalows. Recent developments have included rehabbed homes, new market rate homes, and three new condominium projects. Located southwest of the railroad station, Hubbard-Richard has had a resurgence with new housing sponsored by the Bagley Housing Association. The Mexicantown commercial strip along Bagley Avenue cuts right through this neighborhood.

Virginia Park and LaSalle Gardens (19 & 36) Virgina Park, located northwest of Henry Ford Hospital, is the site of Virginia Park Estates, the second newest subdivision in Detroit (built in early 1990’s). The overall neighborhood has begun to see revitalization in the last ten years. LaSalle Gardens is located directly west of Virginia Park. It is one of Detroit’s best kept secrets, and has a large number of beautiful mansions and well kept smaller houses built around LaSalle Garden Park.

Russell Woods (96) is a local historic district and a prominent black neighborhood that was home to the Supremes in the 1960’s.

Green Acres and Sherwood Forest (28 & 30) are two wealthy neighborhoods located west of Palmer Woods that were developed in the 1920’s and 1940’s. Most houses here have beautiful architectural details, and active community groups work diligently to make sure they are great places to live.

Warrendale (40) is composed of bungalows dating from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. This area was predominantly Polish until recently, and property values and sense of community have remained.

Eliza Howell (41) is a pleasant far west neighborhood located along the banks of the Rouge River.

Grandmont (43) is a neighborhood of delightful custom built homes, mostly dating from the 1920’s and 1930’s. A strong community association – the Grandmont-Rosedale Development Corporation – is active in this area.

Rosedale Park and North Rosedale (31 & 32) are neighborhoods bisected by Grand River Ave. Almost all of the homes in this neighborhood were custom built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Many of the streets are named after places in England and the neighborhoods have remained professional since settled.

Bagley and University District (64 & 49) are two neighborhoods separated from each other by Livernois Ave. They both contain well maintained Four Squares, and the University District gets its name due to its proximity to the University of Detroit, Mercy’s Livernois campus.

Southwest Detroit (46) is home to Detroit’s Hispanic community for over 50 years. This thriving ethnic community is the only area of Detroit to grow in the last census, and vacant houses are being rehabilitated.

Midtown (3) is the neighborhood surrounding Wayne Statue University and running south toward downtown. This area has always contained a lot of apartments, and many loft and condo rehabilitation projects have been completed have been completed on the Cass corridor. There are a number of art galleries and restaurants on Woodward Ave.

Downtown/CBD (2) is the neighborhood in downtown Detroit. The Central Business District (CBD) is where most of Detroit’s grand skyscrapers and office buildings are located. In north downtown, many loft conversion projects have been completed or are currently being developed in an area that radiates out from Grand Circus Park sometimes called “The Necklace” or “The Fan” district. The Harmonie Park entertainment district is located here along with the classic Greektown to the east. The theatre and entertainment district – including the Fox theatre, Comerica Park and Ford field – is north of Grand Circus Park.

Rivertown (8) is a unique neighborhood located along the Detroit River. It was significantly negatively impacted by the proposal to build casinos on the waterfront, but there are still many apartments and bars located around the Stroh’s River Place. It was traditionally a light industrial area. Currently, a new condo development is being done in a historic riverfront structure in the heart of the district.

Morningside (93) is a neighborhood that contains a wide variety of housing styles ranging from Tudors and Four Squares on the northeastern side to more modest wood frame structures on the southwest end. The southwest end is being redeveloped with new moderate income housing to combat the blight that exists in that part of the neighborhood.

Gold Coast and Joseph Barry (33 & 47) the Gold Coast is one of Detroit’s few high rise communities. Located between Jefferson Ave. and the river, it contains a great range of tall apartment buildings. Jos. Berry Subdivision is a small riverfront local historic district that contains the Manoogian Mansion, the mayor’s residence.

Brush Park (1) is a Victorian era neighborhood that is finally undergoing redevelopment. Located just north of downtown, its remaining stock of beautiful old houses are being refurbished, and hundreds of townhouses are being built in between. Much of the character and fabric was lost, but a lot of redevelopment is being completed.

East English Village (60) is comprised of stately brick homes including bungalows, colonials, and Tudors. It is one of Detroit’s most beautiful neighborhoods, and continues to be well maintained with strong community support.

Jefferson/Chalmers (25) is along the river and many islands and canals frame the extremely varied housing stock which ranges from four-squares, arts and crafts, and California bungalows to the Fisher Mansion (which is now home to Detroit’s Hare Krishna community). It includes Victoria Park, which was the first new subdivision to be built in Detroit (in the early 1990’s), Grayhaven Island, which was recently redeveloped with new condos and houses, and Heritage Park, which is a new development announced in 2002.

Regent Park (38) is located at Detroit’s most northeast corner and is home to many well maintained brick homes and a strong community organization. This neighborhood was named after King Henry VIII’s royal hunting forest.

West Village and Islandview (22 & 21) are located just west of historic Indian Village and is comprised of many Victorian homes and late four squares with some apartment buildings interspersed in between. Many historic homes have recently been restored. Islandview, located west of West Village, is undergoing a rebirth with several new housing developments by community based organizations like Messiah Housing Corp. and Islandview Development Corp. The English Village@Islandview townhouse development looks nice.

 

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