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Old 05-15-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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Thanks for everyone's reply. Any info is helpful. I was in Ann Arbor for 1.5 days last week and drove through Ypsilanti briefly (around St. Joseph's hospital) and that area seemed ok to me.

Unfortunately, the house we were planning to rent fell through (current tenant decided to renew his lease!) and it looks like the Ann Arbor rental market moves really quickly. There were a few times that we were interested in a place and it was taken the next day.

Currently we are looking at a townhouse in Pittsfield Township on Bent Trail Dr (SW of Ann Arbor), a house on Tuebingen Pkwy in NE AA (not sure whether it will work out since that rental agreement has lots of problems), and another place south of AA on Cottonwood. I hope one of these places will work out!

Thanks again for everyone's help. It's so stressful to rent in an unfamiliar neighborhood!
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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Default no contest - there is so much to do in Ann Arbor, that is the place to be.

I went to UM so lived there 4 years, and love to go back.

There is the campus area, but also a more business/downtown area closer to Main street as well as residential along the fringe - or if you want a little more quiet, you can stick close to the hospital and towards the North campus.

Ann Arbor is a great city with a ton of things to do and see....don't miss the opportunity to live in that vibrant community. Good luck in your move!
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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which neighborhoods in AA and Ypsi are predominantly white, and which are predominantly minority?
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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THere are a lot of little, peaceful towns all around A2. Chelsea, Milan, Britton, Techumseh, Clinton, Manchester, Saline, Dexter, Dundee and some patrs of Ypsi are great places to live, and ganerally all are cheaper than A2. It's great country if you are into riding anything on 2 wheels. I can squeeze almost 9 months of the year with my winter vehicle parked, and drive my car through the 3-5 months of the snowy season, depending. Beautiful country all around and through A2.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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which neighborhoods in AA and Ypsi are predominantly white, and which are predominantly minority?

That's what's kind of cool about A2 is that it really is a cornicopea of races. There's not too many places in A2 that is predominately anything. I've lived in Ypsi apartments near Eastern and Wahtenaw Colleges, and it wasn't the best crime wise. The closer you get to downtown Ypsi. the closer you get to a lot of sleaze. THere's a DeJavu downtown, and there was a LOT of College partying going on, and it kind of reeked of crack cocaine, but that just may be me. I had my car broke into a couple of times. I lived downtown A2 and had my car broke into as well tho. Lots of college bars but there is no strip clubs anywhere in A2. THere is their share of druggie bums in A2, but it is the exception. Living downtown A2 was def. a cool place to live. I have lived in Milan, Dundee, various parts of Ypsi, various parts of A2, and Dexter. In Ypsi., I think the closer you get to A2 the better. Anything E of Golfside is where I considered no-man's land. Like a lot of people, I travel to A2 to look for fun. Best bars, best mix of people. It is where I grew up.

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:38 PM
 
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We found a nice looking house on Washtenaw Ave, but it is very close to the county correction center and the youth center - is that area safe???
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:36 AM
 
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That's what's kind of cool about A2 is that it really is a cornicopea of races.
you're kidding right?? historically and present day, diversity is a factual failure.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:00 AM
 
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I'm sure that the OP can do some research and come up with her own conclusions. I don't live in Ypsi but I live in the area and have worked in and around Ypsi/AA extensively, and my work involved going into neighborhoods and private homes daily. I had to call for a police escort on more than one occasion in Ypsi, but I never once felt unsafe in AA. I would never live in Ypsi.

Is that some new, unwritten rule, that you have to live in a city to know anything about it? Interesting.

According to the most recent crime index figures cited here on C-D, which are from 2009, with a higher number indicating more crime:

Average U.S. crime index = 319.2
Saline crime index = 138.4
Ann Arbor crime index = 183.1
Ypsilanti crime index = 409.3

"Enough said."
defentely doesnt have a dent on detroit's crime index though! lol
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:03 AM
 
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you can also look into nearby dexter, which is literally NEXT to Ann Arbor's westside, wouldnt have to worry about the commute........unless there's a U of M game ending and they shut the freeway down lol
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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Does the OP have kids? If so, stay away from Ypsi school district. Anywhere in AA is more expensive than many of the other towns, like Dexter and Saline. AA does have a lot of racial diversity. I live in Saline, and there is NO racial diversity here. White, white, white. Good schools though. And very safe, small town America. Very family friendly. Parts of Pittsfield township, Lodi township and Scio township all fall into Saline schools. I live in Lodi Township and the taxes are very low, about half of what you pay for Pittsfield. Of course, you get what you pay for... you have to pay for private garbage pickup, they pave the roads with tar and chip, and you have to call Washtenaw County Sheriff if you need the cops. And wait 25 minutes for them to get all the way out here

Anyway, I used to ride my bike to UM medical center when I was a grad student. Took me 25 minutes. You can drive it in about 15. So, you've got a lot of options.
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