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Detroit's Woodbridge Neighborhood

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Continued from Part One

This home on Trumbull was restored a couple of years ago.

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This house down the street has not been so lucky, however. It decays more and more each year.

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This home right next door has been well kept up over the years.

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Another restored home on Trumbull

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Houses along Trumbull

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The area is crammed full of great historic architecture

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Another old brick house

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A pocket of blight in an otherwise fully occupied block

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More houses along Commonwealth Street

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A large apartment building

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This thread has turned into "how many different duplexes can Allan show photos of?" Haha.

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A nice house on Putnam Street

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Typical neighborhood shot

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A well maintained house on Avery Street

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A decaying house. The house itself looks solid, but the porch is questionable.

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Purple Victorian

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Green Victorian

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Blue Victorian

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This house is receiving a badly needed coat of paint.

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A half occupied, half abandoned duplex

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Homes along Avery Street

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Well thank for the tour Allan. The neighborhood has a lot of potential and could be a very nice suburb of Detroit. If there were people to restore the historical eyesores, it would be nice.

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Well thank for the tour Allan. The neighborhood has a lot of potential and could be a very nice suburb of Detroit. If there were people to restore the historical eyesores, it would be nice.

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Woodbridge is an urban neighborhood well within the city limits. In fact, it is only about 2 miles from downtown. I could only wish that the suburbs were this dense and this walkable! The houses generally need only cosmetic work, although there are a few exceptions. Not that long ago, Woodbridge was an area for urban pioneers. The area has significantly improved, and is still getting better. What you don't see is a lot of the new housing that is going up nearby...I'm saving that for another time.

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Thanks for the description of Woodbridge. I didn't know that it was that close to downtown. That is pretty neat.

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Yep, Woodbridge is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Development followed the streetcar lines out of downtown and up Grand River Avenue. Neighborhood development started in the 1880s, although the area was not completely built out until about 1920.

This map will help you get an idea of where all the places I've posted photos of are in relation to the rest of the city and the inner suburbs. Most of the main roads are exactly one mile apart, to give you a sense of scale. I will be posting my Corktown photos once this thread dies down, so I included it on the map as well. I'm not sure why, but it looks like someone was trying to find my apartment! The highlighted circle is awfully close to where I live. :unsure:

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I have to admit that I definitely have a bias against Detroit. I've only driven through it on the way from Canada to I-75 south, but that was so horrendous that it's hard to change my mind. I know that many of the Northwestern suburbs are beautiful, because a friend in college was from that area. But the downtown or even just the city and the south side's suburbs seem almost nightmarish. Sorry, but it's my impression.

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