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Old 06-01-2012, 02:43 AM
 
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I am an older student starting grad school at EMU. Grew up in Northville, did undergrad at Michigan, lived in Ann Arbor. Been overseas for years, living in crowded Asian cities, some pretty sketchy places. I love old houses, diverse communities, going for walks. I hate franchises, McMansions and pretentious people.

I would love to hear from some people who have chosen Ypsi over Ann Arbor. Would I like it there? Which neighborhoods are good? I am thinking of someplace near Depot town.

Is it crazy to buy a home in Ypsi? I have spent a long time wandering all over the world, and I like the idea of staying put, but won't fit in with lily white suburban America.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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Interested in this as well.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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Ypsi is a slower paced A2. If you get into off campus housing I think you would love it. Depot Town has a few nice places. There is enough around to keep you busy, but it isn't a mega-metropolis. Depending on your schedule and need to work, you should always be doing something. You can always head up Washtenaw Ave to A2 for more intense excitement.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Hi There,

My husband and I just moved here two months ago from Chicago, and we love it. Initially, we were considering Ann Arbor, but found the housing prices to be too prohibitive. We're renting right now, and probably won't buy for another couple of years. We couldn't find anything decent in Ann Arbor (at least the size we needed) for under $1,300. Surprisingly, rent in Ann Arbor is actually quite a bit more expensive than in Chicago.

We moved here because my husband is originally from Michigan, and we wanted to live somewhere that wasn't as large as Chicago but still offered access to plenty of culture. It's been a great fit for us so far. There's a lot of hooplah on the Internet about Ypsilanti being a terrible place, but we like it a lot. And really, it's so close to Ann Arbor. From what you've said, I think you'd like it here.

There are plenty of historic, character-rich homes, and they're much more affordable than those in Ann Arbor. I'm still not terribly familiar with the neighborhoods, but Depot Town and Normal Park are good options. I live on the edge of Normal Park, and feel completely safe. Depot Town is a great place to hang out. Eating and/or drinking at Sidetrack is an absolute must.
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Hope that helps! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions about the area.

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Old 06-15-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Rent first. Ypsi is decent in parts and awful in parts and you need to choose the right area. SOme of the housing stock is incredible and it is actually affordable. One of the few places you can afford some of the more popuar victorian styles and beautiful examples of many different styles.

Not a whole lot to the downtown. It certinaly has the bones. It needs some super movitivated people to motivate other people and get it turned around. Still there are a few neat places downtown. One place serves good quality breakfasts and you pay what you can afford to pay. That is pretty neat.

Depot town is one street of cool downtown and a really nice park with lots of great events.

There are some beautiful churches with decent sized diverse and lively concregations. I am paricularly fond of the Methodist Church.

If you get bored, Ann Aarbor is just a bike or bus ride away. You can drive too, but finding parking is difficult in Ann Arbor.

I would enjoy ligving in Ypsi, but I am not sure I would try to raise children there.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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I'm a student at EMU as well. I lived in Ypsi during my undergrad years. I'm a graduate student now but I stay in Ann Arbor. To be frank, Ypsi is a DEAD place. It used to be lively during the Automation boom of the 90s but since then, it's like something just swooped down and sucked the life out of this place. The locals have even formed their own name, "Ypsitucky" or "Detroit's baby".

Yes, Ypsilanti is cheaper than Ann Arbor but that is due to two things. Drugs and crime. Someone is ALWAYS getting robbed, jacked or assaulted EVERYDAY.

If you are looking for any form of social life, you won't find it here. Downtown Ypsi is a joke and Depot Town isn't much to talk about. A restaurant and a bar. That's it. They have some nice events once in a while but nothing really much. Unemployment is almost close 8% so good luck finding a job here unless you get one in A2, Canton or plan on being a teacher at Eastern.

All in all, I wouldn't wish my worst enemy to come live in this dump. Without Eastern, Ypsilanti would have probably been wiped off the map by now.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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Ypsi is my hometown and I highly recommend it. It's drastically cheaper to live there than Ann Arbor, for one thing; the neighborhoods are much more diverse and MUCH less snooty. The houses have a great deal of charm and personality, although there are a couple of scary neighborhoods. And the AATA bus service takes you to almost anywhere in Ann Arbor/Ypsi, very reliably, if you don't have wheels -- most people in the area don't. Parking space is nonexistent in Ann Arbor and fairly decent in Ypsi if you do have wheels.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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I like Ypsilanti, I live there and there are both good and bad to the city. The trick is to find what you like and be involved. Its not a cultural mecca but its a nice place to live. Some areas are shadier than others. There is a lot of historical housing and people are friendly. Its a working-class crowd. Investigate the area before buying, but there are some good housing deals with this recession.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I'm a student at EMU as well. I lived in Ypsi during my undergrad years. I'm a graduate student now but I stay in Ann Arbor. To be frank, Ypsi is a DEAD place. It used to be lively during the Automation boom of the 90s but since then, it's like something just swooped down and sucked the life out of this place. The locals have even formed their own name, "Ypsitucky" or "Detroit's baby".

Yes, Ypsilanti is cheaper than Ann Arbor but that is due to two things. Drugs and crime. Someone is ALWAYS getting robbed, jacked or assaulted EVERYDAY.

If you are looking for any form of social life, you won't find it here. Downtown Ypsi is a joke and Depot Town isn't much to talk about. A restaurant and a bar. That's it. They have some nice events once in a while but nothing really much. Unemployment is almost close 8% so good luck finding a job here unless you get one in A2, Canton or plan on being a teacher at Eastern.

All in all, I wouldn't wish my worst enemy to come live in this dump. Without Eastern, Ypsilanti would have probably been wiped off the map by now.
the mnicer "Ypsitucky" has been around since the 1970s - right along with Taylortucky, Walltucky, and a half dozen others. It is a favorite cutesy phrase for anyone who wants to bash the place they grew up or to bash a neighboring community.

"Detroit's Baby" is funny but not true. Ypsi is nothing like Detroit. Neither in the good ways nor the bad ways. There are both social and safe places in Ypsi, there are also barren and unsafe places. It all depends on where you go. Like all generalizations, generalizations about Ypsi are invariably wrong. It can be nice, awful, safe dangerous, dull exciting. It depends on where you go and what you do.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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I am considering a job at EMU and, if I take it, will be renting with cats. The Schooner Cove apartment complex advertises screened balconies (I'm addicted to porch-sitting, as are the felines) and is on Ford Lake between two parks. (I've not been there and am looking at a map.) How is the area?

I will be in the area next week and will do a tour of both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. My preference is for areas on the bus line as I really dislike driving in snow and ice.
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