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Old 01-16-2009, 07:14 AM
 
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We are considering a move to Grosse Pointe Park in the area of Jefferson and 3 mile. We are not used to being so close to the crime and blight evidenced just a few miles in Detroit up Jefferson or out toward Mack. We love the neighborhood, schools, homes and such. Can anyone tell me about how much crime impacts these areas? Thank you
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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We are considering a move to Grosse Pointe Park in the area of Jefferson and 3 mile. We are not used to being so close to the crime and blight evidenced just a few miles in Detroit up Jefferson or out toward Mack. We love the neighborhood, schools, homes and such. Can anyone tell me about how much crime impacts these areas? Thank you
You should be perfectly fine in this area, Grosse Pointe Park has a very good police force that is constantly out. I love that area to, it is one of the better areas of Grosse Pointe Park. It's close to Detroit, but not across the street.

I know a few people who actually live in GPP and one actually lives on Wayburn St. (GP/Detroit border) and he says that even on Wayburn he has not experienced a lot of crime. I think that he just told me to keep your garage closed when not eyeing it, because of material theft, if it is just left alone. But this kind of theft can happen anywhere.

You picked and nice area, and I hope you enjoy it!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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One question I have is that with all the current and impending foreclosures, what will happen to the tax revenue in the Grosse Pointes? What will this do to the very expensive city services that make it a nice and safe place to live, such as police force, amazing schools, and other great perks? Who's to say these will remain fabulous perks to residents in the next 5-10 years?

Just some thoughts from me as I ponder the move...
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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One question I have is that with all the current and impending foreclosures, what will happen to the tax revenue in the Grosse Pointes? What will this do to the very expensive city services that make it a nice and safe place to live, such as police force, amazing schools, and other great perks? Who's to say these will remain fabulous perks to residents in the next 5-10 years?

Just some thoughts from me as I ponder the move...
You have brought up a very good point, I guess you just have to stay opptimistic. I have not seen a really bad problem with foreclosure yet in the Pointes. But with the ecomony we just can't shake off, I suppose anything can happen.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:42 PM
 
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Hemmi, I can't speak to the Park's finances, but the Farms was just won kudos for its finances. It was in our local paper. I guess it's relatively flush. The good thing about all of the GP communities is that they are very conservative fiscally. I'm politically very liberal, but in times like this I'm happy GP did not overspend like other areas. GPP also would never cut into public safety. The Grosse Pointes in general would first look into combining services over major cuts. There are ways they can all shed costs through sharing. I would be more concerned with communities that depend on retail for a tax base. Loss of businesses plus lower prices would be a really scary prospect.

We lived in the Farms for 4 years. We just bought a house in GP City. We are confident in our choice, and are thrilled to live where we do. I have quite a few friends who live in the Park and they love it too. The only crime I have ever heard of in that area are occasional bike thefts, but I haven't even heard of that in a while. And those actually occurred in blocks closer to Mack. I think you will be very happy with living there. Plus, you are so close to the Three Mile Park. How fun!

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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You should be perfectly fine in this area, Grosse Pointe Park has a very good police force that is constantly out. I love that area to, it is one of the better areas of Grosse Pointe Park. It's close to Detroit, but not across the street.

I know a few people who actually live in GPP and one actually lives on Wayburn St. (GP/Detroit border) and he says that even on Wayburn he has not experienced a lot of crime. I think that he just told me to keep your garage closed when not eyeing it, because of material theft, if it is just left alone. But this kind of theft can happen anywhere.

You picked and nice area, and I hope you enjoy it!
Now see? He just contradicted himself. Go way farther north.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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You will love Grosse Pointe Park. Three Mile is a beautiful street. Don't worry about crime. We live two streets from Detroit and have never had a problem. Our police are top notch!
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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I have lived in Detroit for 46 years (all of my life) and I never thought that I would consider moving to the suburbs, especially any of the Pointes, because I thought The Pointes were just full of racist, snobs. When I read some of these post it confirm my beliefs, but then I read some that are a breath of fresh air. My husband and I are looking to move out of our lovely Cox and Baker Colonial in Detroit's East English Village after 14 years due to the trash that has moved in right next door! There are 4 children who have no guidance, no boundaries and no parental supervision it is awful! We have a 10 year old and I refuse for her to grow up next door to these future felons! The mother gets angry if anyone raises their voices to these monsters, yet she (the mother) allow them to run around and scream outside until 10:30 p.m.! The oldest of these kids is about 14 the youngest are twins that are 5! We have to pick up trash constantly that they throw down after enjoying their dinner of chips and popcicles! The mother has had a junkie rusted Ford Escort parked in front of my home unmoved for a month. They are the neighbors from hell! So that explains why we are "house hunting." We have looked at a cute house on Roslyn and had the kindest, neighbor come over and state that "we would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood." It doesn't get any better than that! I think that people should keep an open mind and not make judgements about cities, or people without looking at the facts, or knowing the people or persons. Detroit has lots of decent people, heck the majority of the people are decent, but it is the few who "taint" people's fews. It bothers me to see posts saying things like "I'm close to Detroit but it's safe" that is so sad. Or "Near Detroit's gritty east side." There are some rough looking homes in Grosse Pointe Park too! I saw a few houses in Grosse Pointe Park that I would not want if they were given to me! But that is not all, just some! Just like Detroit, not all residents are bad or all neighborhoods bad, just some. I believe most of the crimes in GPP that people have spoken about are crimes of opportunity, like bikes thefts (when a bike was left unattended or unlocked etc.) or something being stolen from an unlocked car etc. Should you be able to leave your bike out or leave your car unlocked with out fear of your belongings being taken? Absolutely! But I believe is using the locks that are provided to me on my car, home etc. No matter how "safe" I feel an area is. I have a good friend who lives in Harper Woods, on an awesome strees who never locks the doors to her home. I told her that she is crazy! I don't care if the crime stats show zero crime I will always, always always lock my doors. In my opinion it jusr isn't smart to not lock them. I don't believe in creating opportunities for crimes to take place. We are trying to keep an open mind while looking and not allow sterotypes of Grosse Pointe or Grosse Pointers to cloud our thinking. I believe most people pretty much want the same things, a good quality of life for ourselves and our children, which includes safe streets, good schools and a decent neighborhood. I hope that we find the right house in the right neighborhood with good neighbors whereever we decide to buy.

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Old 11-03-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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You will love Grosse Pointe Park. Three Mile is a beautiful street. Don't worry about crime. We live two streets from Detroit and have never had a problem. Our police are top notch!


THANK YOU! we sure don't hear that often enough.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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I would not move to GPP if you have children. You are too close to the violence and mayhem on the East Side of Detroit.

Move to Oakland County, where you won't have to expose your children to the horrors of Detroit. There are plenty of walkable cities in Oakland County with similar architecture and homes as Grosse Pointe.

Look at Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, parts of Royal Oak, and Birmingham (if you can afford Birmingham).

Now GPP is still nice and relatively safe, but it is getting worse, and the blight will eventually cross the city limits (as it has in Harper Woods, Eastpointe, and, more recently, GP Woods).
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