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Growth of Ann Arbor Suburbs

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Since I have a car now in AA, I've been able to drive out to the burbs a few times to the mall, home depot, etc. Since traffic is insane, I typically avoid the major roads. I'm really surprised to see most of AA's 'suburbs' are made up of large apartment complexes. There's hardly any single family homes, especially in Pittsfield. There are some nice rowhouse developments that are sort of on a street grid, but a lot of it is still twisty roads that don't make sense. Does anyone know where I can find info on why Ann Arbor lacks a lot of single family homes in its suburbs?

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Have you made it over to the South West 'burbs? Take S Main past the Stadium and over I-94... if I remember correctly there are a number of typical suburbs out there. One of my friends in school lived out there

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Try Saline, Ypsi Township, Chelsea, Dexter, even South Lyon. Because Ann Arbor has not seen the "white flight" as much as other Michigan cities, you're not likely to find large swaths of suburban housing developments.

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Maybe I should have clarified myself because all of the above are suburbs. But I was more talking about attached suburbs. It seems like you have to drive through a few miles of cornfields to get to most of those communities. But yes, there's tons of single family homes in communities like Saline and Chelsea. I'm just surprised areas just outside the city limits like Pittsfield don't offer this type of development when it seems like everything within the city limits is a bit overcrowded.

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Is it possible that the number of apartments is due to the large student population, and that the rent in the city is too high for many students?

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That's possible. Although despite a good bus system, I would think it to be very inconvenient to be able to get to campus from out in the suburbs. If you have a car, you may be able to get reasonable parking on campus during after hours. Otherwise, it would cost about $3200.00 per semester for a permit that doesn't even guarantee you a space. Anyway, the rents are pretty high within the city. I'm renting an apartment in a subdivided house. Conditionwise, it's on par with the craphole apartment I had in Harlem, NY for 3 months. The electricty needed upgrading badly, there's a cracked window, the whole house shares central heating, and the guy in the basement smokes weed all the time.... :w00t: I had to repaint the damaged walls and refinish the floor myself (not to mention clean it six times over when I moved in) and I pay about $715 a month. I know some AA students have a lot better, but typcially not much better unless it's a newer apartment building which has a higher rent and share it with other people. I could easily get much cheaper in the burbs, but I'd be trapped out there.

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there are a lot of communities that feel like suburban home tracts but I cannot think of them off teh top of my head. Next time I go out I will have to look for them. There are a lot of condo's around the city though.

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