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Old 06-27-2018, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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Windsor is not a suburb of Detroit! It is its own metro, with its own suburbs, but it is a part of the greater Detroit/Windsor area!


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I took a list I found and deleted the suburbs are are not doing well/are not very nice or are borderline. Everything else falls into the average, above average or great places to be mentioned above. I tried to highlight the ones I know to be especially nice, but I likely missed some (plus it is subjective). I may have missed a few from the first group that should be crossed out. Some areas I do not know super well.

Oddly, this list does not include Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, or most Ann Arbor suburbs, although some that are closer to Detroit than others are included (like Plymouth). This leaves out a number of super nice cities form which quite a few people commute to Detroit. There is an endless debate as to whether Ann Arbor and its suburbs should be include din metro Detroit or not. Take your pick. On either side you can find pages of arguments on CD. No one has conclusively won such arguments, so you have a choice. However they are not included here becasue they were not on the list I found easily.

Also oddly, the City of Rochester is not listed, but Rochester Hills is. The City is nicer than Hills which is basically suburban sprawl (but nice/high end).

South Lyon and Lyon Township seem to be missing too. They should be higlghted as they are quite nice too.

Maybe this is list not very complete. I do not understand why some of these cities are missing.

Detroit Suburbs

Northern and Northwest Suburbs
Auburn Hills
Berkley
Beverly Hills
Birmingham
Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Township

Charter Township of Clinton
Chesterfield
Clawson
Eastpointe
Farmington
Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Woods
Grosse Point City

Hamtramck
Harrison Charter Township
Hazel Park
Highland Park
Macomb Township
Madison Heights
New Baltimore
Oak Park
Oakland Township
Rochester Hills
Romeo

Royal Oak
Saint Clair Shores
Shelby Township
Sterling Heights
Troy
Utica
Warren
West Bloomfield Township


Southern & Downriver Suburbs
Allen Park
Brownstown Township
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights

Flat Rock
Gibraltar
Grosse Ile Township

Huron Township--New Boston,
Willow,
Waltz
Livonia
Riverview
Rockwood
Southgate
Trenton
Westland
Woodhaven
Wyandotte

Western Suburbs
Canton
Clarkston
Commerce Township
Franklin

Highland Charter Township
Independence Township
Lake Orion
Milford
Northville
Novi
Plymouth
Plymouth Township

Waterford Township
White Lake Charter Township
Wixom


Windsor, Ontario

City of Windsor
Amhertsburg
Essex
LaSalle
Tecumseh
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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the more buffer cities there are the better
Detroit borders redford, Dearborn, Dearborn heights, Inkster
I wouldn't live in any of these places if you paid me

once you get a city away, it improves
A. It does not border Inkster.
B. It also borders the Grosse Pointes, Ferndale, and Southfield - all of which are pretty good places to live.
C. Even Oak Park and Warren are decent, safe, stable working class communities, as are Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and Redford for that matter.

I don't know man, if City-Data gave me an option to downvote posts, I'd downvote yours
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Windsor is not a suburb of Detroit! It is its own metro, with its own suburbs, but it is a part of the greater Detroit/Windsor area!
Talk to U-M it is their list.

However the list serves its purpose. the point is not ti dicker over whether some township or other belongs on or off the list but to demonstrate that there a many nice livable suburbs which is what the OP asked. And Windsor is a feeder community for Detroit and dependent on Detroit. I do not remember the exact number but I think it was 26 people who work in our Detroit office live in Windsor. Where I was two years ago we had ten out of about 50. Even one of the teachers in our local school lives in Windsor. So for the purpose of OPs question, yes, Windsor is a livable place for people connected to or working in Detroit and it is pretty nice.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:16 AM
 
Location: S-E Michigan
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Talk to U-M it is their list.


Ironic. It is a U of M list and they left out all of Washtenaw County but included Canadian cities. Maybe its purpose was to identify communities further from campus for students/staff with significant others working elsewhere in Metro Detroit.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:45 AM
 
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Canton is doing very well, particularly west Canton.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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Unless one is interested in winding, soulless suburban subdivisions littered with 4-car-wide dead end streets, surrounded by over-fertilized lawns maintained by an intrusive HOA, cookie-cut homes with 3 car garages and 2 AC units to keep them cool, an abundance of box stores surrounded by awful chain restaurants, and 45+ minute commutes, I would advise people move literally anywhere over Canton, particularly west Canton.

This is the perfect image of suburban hell, and the last thing Metro Detroit needs is more sprawl.

Okay, sorry, I'm being sooooper disagreeable in this topic. Going forward, I am putting a self-imposed moratorium on posts by Geo-Aggie in here. The advice people are giving is mostly top level. Detroit's suburbs are great. Some are boring and others have some legacy cost issues, but overall most are safe, nice, livable, and wonderful places to call home.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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Windsor is not a suburb of Detroit! It is its own metro, with its own suburbs, but it is a part of the greater Detroit/Windsor area!
I always giggle when I see someone list Windsor as a Detroit suburb! I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out.

Yes, there's a lot of border traffic and cross-border activities, but that doesn't make it a suburb. (Maybe I'm just too narrow-minded on this topic - that's been known to happen).

I just see Windsor as a separate city in a different country w/its own culture and heritage. I enjoy visiting, but I don't specifically see it as a part of Detroit. I see it as a part of the "greater Detroit/Windsor area."

"Make Windsor Canadian Again!?!"

(Sorry, for the bad Trump reference......yeah......I know.... I'm a dork.....)
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:55 AM
 
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Canton does have some nice things going for it. I hated living at Ford+Haggerty, but Canton has a really great library and community center.

Not every town fits every person.

I like the suburban lifestyle. Others don't. It's really okay that people have different preferences.

I'm the first to admit that I struggle with the small town lifestyle of South Lyon. I love it in some ways, but in other ways, I would prefer not to drive at least 20 minutes to get to anywhere that has the big box stores (Meijer, Aldi, Target, etc) and (more) dining options.

That was the only thing good about living at Ford and Haggerty - everything was right on Ford and there were lots of options close to home. Here, not so much.
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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Unless one is interested in winding, soulless suburban subdivisions littered with 4-car-wide dead end streets, surrounded by over-fertilized lawns maintained by an intrusive HOA, cookie-cut homes with 3 car garages and 2 AC units to keep them cool, an abundance of box stores surrounded by awful chain restaurants, and 45+ minute commutes, I would advise people move literally anywhere over Canton, particularly west Canton.
I am not sure why you feel the need to frequently insult and belittle people to make a point. But folks reading that who live in Canton happily can rightfully feel insulted. It seems to be a reoccuring theme (need?) in many of your posts.
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Old 06-29-2018, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Interesting tidbit, when they gave Windsor its name one of the other names considered was South Detroit.

I am not sure this is actually true as I heard it on a radio station discussing the Journey song. - A Canadian radio station.

Poor Canton. Give it some love. It has a very nice library and some of the subdivisions have a great community spirit. Many people obviously love souless suburbia since that is where all the growth is, and Canton has some of the nicest soulless suburbia out there. Also Ikea has butcher-block counter top materials which are very hard to find (you just have to pay someone to go into that horrid place and buy it for you. If can be expensive as they may demand hazard pay.)

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