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Old 04-25-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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Pontiac seemed to be turning around in the late 90s through early-2000s when its downtown was becoming a destination entertainment area with restaurants, bars, clubs but then the bottom fell out when the economic recession hit and almost all those places now are long-gone. When I in my early 20s there were several places that all of the Northern Oakland County kids used to out to in Pontiac.
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Romulus does have some areas that are decent IMO. Mostly rural living type places out away from the airport. I am not sure exactly where Huron Township stops and Romulus starts, but that general area is pretty decent and maybe the Romulans get to go to Huron Township schools which are pretty good. If I lived in Romulus, I would have an old car or at least a golf cart reconfigured to look like a bird of prey (How could you not?).

If you are a regular air commuter for work, it might not be bad to live to the farm country to the south or west of the airport.


I find Ecorse and River Rouge intriguing. Yes, they have some scary areas and some scary characters hanging around, but they have a lot of interesting places along Jefferson. Bars, restaurants and some shops. There is a little cafe diner right one the water that looks decent. I also like the parks, particularly the one with a Helicopter and a tank. Another thing I see there that I do not see a lot elsewhere is black and white people intermingling, walking together in groups, etc.

I would not want to live there, but I want to visit some fo the places along the main drag and get a feeling for what it is really like.

My wife worked in Ecorse for a few days, but it was scary. She was not going to stay. Fortunately she was transferred back to Trenton or Taylor almost immediately.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:12 PM
 
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If I lived in Romulus, I would have an old car or at least a golf cart reconfigured to look like a bird of prey (How could you not?)..
Because the Bird of Prey is a Klingon ship! Romulans use Warbirds these days!
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Old 04-25-2017, 08:10 PM
 
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Since a part of Inkster is now in the Romulus School District, it's interesting to see that those two cities are connected in that way.
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Old 04-25-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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Because the Bird of Prey is a Klingon ship! Romulans use Warbirds these days!
Hard to remember, it has been about 40 years since i have seen that show
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:35 AM
 
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INKSTER:

The area that became Inkster was developed by Henry Ford to house his African-American workers that worked at his Rouge Complex. At that time, Detroit's black population was concentrated on the lower east side near Downtown (called the Black Bottom) and it was difficult to commute to the Rouge Complex from the Black Bottom.

A poster named Nearborn gives a lot of interesting information in this old thread about Inkster

Inkster had/has a really cool Labor Day Parade where the whole town would come out and many African-American veterans would participate. It had a bit of a "downtown" at the intersection of Inkster Road and Michigan Avenue, but 1/2 of those buildings have been demolished.

Inkster has always been carved up into different school districts. At one time, 5 different districts drew from Inkster - Westwood, Dearborn Heights School District #7, Wayne-Westland, Inkster, and Cherry Hill (now defunct). It was a proud predominantly black community at one time, with many black-owned businesses. A few famous/notable people from there include:
-the Marvellettes, the first girl group of Motown Records that became superstars
-Don Barden, the businessman who owned many casinos and cable network
-Earl Jones, a bronze medalist runner in the 1984 Olympics
-Tyrone Wheatley, U of M running back in the '90s, 1st round pick of the NY Giants
-Freman Hendrix, the deputy mayor under Dennis Archer.

PONTIAC

It is just unfathomable to me why downtown Pontiac never became more of a destination. Pontiac seems like more of a real downtown to me than Royal Oak and Birmingham. In the late 90's through the mid-00's, it was a significant nightlife center, but it fell off. One of the blows to downtown Pontiac was when the Arts, Beats & Eats festival relocated to downtown Royal Oak. Seems like its coming back, but its descent, while Royal Oak and Ferndale continued to ascend, is strange.
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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Pontiac is not the "worst" suburb at all, it's actually quite nice with rolling hills, a decent downtown and lots of historical homes, nightlife in Pontiac is also still very much alive and actually getting better with the theater that was just renovated. Novi and Auburn hills are the worst, by far. Nothing but depressing and soulless post-90's sprawl.

I have no clue why arts, beats and eats left. Who was the dumbass who made that decision?
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Old 04-27-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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I have no clue why arts, beats and eats left. Who was the dumbass who made that decision?
That would be the festival producer. The event relocation was announced in 2009, right at the depth of the Pontiac city government fiscal crisis, spurred by the Great Recession, the shuttering of the two remaining GM plants in Pontiac, the subsequent devaluation of residential housing, the crash of city tax revenues, and the disappearance of state/city profit sharing.
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Old 04-27-2017, 02:04 PM
 
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That would be the festival producer. The event relocation was announced in 2009, right at the depth of the Pontiac city government fiscal crisis, spurred by the Great Recession, the shuttering of the two remaining GM plants in Pontiac, the subsequent devaluation of residential housing, the crash of city tax revenues, and the disappearance of state/city profit sharing.
Well, now they should bring it back, Pontiac is on a roll these days.
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Old 04-27-2017, 02:42 PM
 
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Well, now they should bring it back, Pontiac is on a roll these days.
Pontiac isn't out of the woods. They sold the Phoenix Center in January, after not being able to afford to maintain it. It's a good move in the right direction, as it brings a new business into Pontiac which will repair and maintain the facility and it takes a large number of liens off of Pontiac's books. However, Pontiac still doesn't have the financial wherewithal to support Arts, Eats and Beats...yet.
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