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Old 06-25-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Thanks, GinaJ - your response, along with the posts from others, has helped me quite a bit in narrowing down some areas. Birmingham, Berkley, Troy, Clawson and possibly, the far-west side (Plymouth), may be desirable places for us . I think Royal Oak, with the popularity of its downtown and nightlife, may be a little too congested for us as a place to find a home. Can you estimate an honest "non Mapquest" commute time to Wayne State from Troy, Birmingham, Berley, Northville, and the other areas?

Its hard to say how long we might be in the area. My husband is considering a faculty position at Wayne State and if it's a good fit, he will want to stay and aim for tenure. If it is not a good fit, then we may be moving. Some people have mentioned to me that the Birmingham culture can be sort of "stuffy" or "snobby" at times. However, "snobbery" can be pretty relative. I wish I had something to compare it to. I am unfamiliar with the Detroit area and have only been to the Ann Arbor area a few times - an area that I really like. What is your opinion of the place in comparison to other areas? Thank you for your helpful input.
I think Birmingham is beautiful. Sure, it can be stuffy but there are enough nice people, too. I personally would check out B'ham, Royal Oak, or Berkley. Your price range will dictate what areas to choose. The Birmingham Schools are very good.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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A big plus to Birmingham, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, etc...is that they're not Wayne County. That's a huge plus in S/E Michigan. Plymouth is still nice though. One of the nicer areas in Wayne County. Not exactly "convenient" to Wayne State though.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Garden City, MI
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I don't really see what's so bad about Wayne County. It's way less snobby than Oakland....which isn't all snobby but there are a lot of Oakland County attitudes. The only downside, IMO, to Wayne County is doing jury duty downtown.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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What about Hazel Park? It is right on the Oakland/Wayne County line. It's a nice community that has a nice mix of people now too. Are some parts of Oak Park, which next to Hazel Park still pretty nice too? What about Madison Heights or Warren? I know Southfield's demographics have changed a lot the last 20-25 years, but is it still nice too? I think the area pf Southfield next to Lathrup Village is the nicest part of the city.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Garden City, MI
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Hazel Park used to be sort of frowned on. I think it's an OK city. There's a good deal of crime there due to the proximity to Detroit. Same goes for Oak Park. They're decent places to call home. Some parts of Southfield are still pretty nice. To me it's never seemed "ghetto" anyway. It's wealthier than that. Some parts of Warren are very nice. A lot of people love the southern end, some people hate it. I think all these areas are roughly comparable to each other, including Madison Heights, Eastpointe, Roseville, Westland, Wayne, Garden City, etc etc. All decent middle class areas. To me it's good to look at what direction the city is going. Up or down? I know I am very involved in the community here in Garden City and there is so much good happening. We are going places.
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:51 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the information....What about somewhat realistic commute times between 8-5p (M-F) from:
Birmingham to Wayne State?
Troy to Wayne State?
Berkley to Wayne State?
Plymouth to Wayne State?
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:03 AM
 
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What's wrong with Wayne County compared to Oakland County? I'd much rather my resources be managed by Brooks Patterson's machine than Robert Ficano's. Plus, Wayne County has a lot more ghetto upon which to waste county resources than Oakland County does.

And Hazel Park? Are you kidding? They don't call it Hazeltucky for nothin. Why don't you suggest the college professor and his wife move to Taylor, instead of "snobby" Oakland County?

Plymouth is probably at least 20-25 minutes on a good day with little traffic if you don't go during rush-hour. Depending on traffic and time of day, it could be as much as an hour.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Garden City, MI
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Honestly Taylor looks pretty good right now in my opinion. There's lots of nice new developments. It's a lot better than Hazel Park that's for sure.

Hazeltucky. There's a nickname for every suburb, Wasteland, Garbage City, Dearborn Frights, Sterlie Whites (Sterling Heights) it sure doesn't mean they are accurate or correct.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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Does anyone commute to downtown Detroit (Wayne State) from these areas: Birmingham, Troy, Berkley, Plymouth? What is your commute time between the hours of 8-5pm, M-F? Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:39 PM
 
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Wayne State isn't downtown.....
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