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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Definitely a WTF moment seeing a lifted TJ w/ GL4x4 sticker in Indian Village.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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Indian Village must be a trailer park?
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Old November 17th, 2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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Nope, it's Ponti-crack. Beautiful, mostly restored, big, old homes. Used to be very nice........................used to be
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Old November 17th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #4
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Nope, it's Ponti-crack. Beautiful, mostly restored, big, old homes. Used to be very nice........................used to be
Sounds like most neighborhoods in any bigger city in Michigan.
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Indian Village is a neighborhood on the east side of Detroit that was once "the place" to live, and is still trying to hold on. Big, old homes some of which have been maintained all along, some restored, and some not.

Appeals to preppie yuppies, artsy types, and people who grew up in large east coast cities (NYC, Philly, Boston, etc...) where this would be a high-end place.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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Indian Village must be a trailer park?
Not even close.

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Detroit, not Pontiac.


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Indian Village is a neighborhood on the east side of Detroit that was once "the place" to live, and is still trying to hold on. Big, old homes some of which have been maintained all along, some restored, and some not.

Appeals to preppie yuppies, artsy types, and people who grew up in large east coast cities (NYC, Philly, Boston, etc...) where this would be a high-end place.
Correct. Also appeals to fanboys of pre-depression residential architecture, the preservation of historical structures, and dreamers that still prefer to see the potential in Detroit. Some of these fanboys may have operated a Jeep quasi-salvage yard from a pole barn in Monroe County.
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I've worked on restoring/remodeling a few houses there, along with plumbing the Indian village grocery store on Jefferson. It's strange to see yuppies pushing strollers and going for walks, then seeing burned out buildings and crack heads a couple blocks away.
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I've always wanted a house in Indian village. But the taxes are ridiculous, I've heard getting permits for stuff is tough, and i don't think i like three idea of being a prisoner in my own home after the sun goes down.

Its crazy how bad it is immediately outside of that six block area or whatever it is.
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True. Many of those homes are beautiful though. Permits are easier in Detroit now, but the taxes are insane there. Someone has to carry the weight.
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I've always wanted a house in Indian village. But the taxes are ridiculous, I've heard getting permits for stuff is tough, and i don't think i like three idea of being a prisoner in my own home after the sun goes down.

Its crazy how bad it is immediately outside of that six block area or whatever it is.

I have a friend who's in their second place there. She's an east-coaster who wants to live in-town and loves it. We'll see what happens when he daughter gets older.

I've known a few who try, but tire of rampant crime (i.e. can't leave car open/unlocked or home doors open while hauling groceries, constant "nuisance" crimes (mail has to go to PO box or get stolen daily, no holiday decor, no lawn funiture, etc...).

On top of that, Detroit taxes are astronomical, insurance is unbelievable, and the city fights any attempt to do anything (corrupt/inept "inspectors", expensive permits/inspections for anything more than lawn mowing, etc..).

It works for some, but no way in hell for me. I'll keep my sanitized, idealized, idyllic island existence.
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If I worked downtown, the decision for moving to any of theses historic districts (Indian Village, Boston-Edison, Palmer Woods, Corktown, Brush Park (fap, fap, fap), West Canfield) would come down to school options for my kids and if I could afford private school tuition on top of everything else.
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I'd only live there if I were single.
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I have a friend who's in their second place there. She's an east-coaster who wants to live in-town and loves it. We'll see what happens when he daughter gets older.

I've known a few who try, but tire of rampant crime (i.e. can't leave car open/unlocked or home doors open while hauling groceries, constant "nuisance" crimes (mail has to go to PO box or get stolen daily, no holiday decor, no lawn funiture, etc...).

On top of that, Detroit taxes are astronomical, insurance is unbelievable, and the city fights any attempt to do anything (corrupt/inept "inspectors", expensive permits/inspections for anything more than lawn mowing, etc..).

It works for some, but no way in hell for me. I'll keep my sanitized, idealized, idyllic island existence.
I guess that validates a lot of the concerns I've always had.

The houses are just so cool looking.

I've always thought that if the city ever did make a comeback you would be sitting on a gold mine. Although the way things seem to be moving more up Woodward into mid town in conjunction with just how horribly bad the surrounding areas are I'm not sure that area will ever be super desirable.
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Jeepr has a green lifted TJ, but he has been off the radar for sometime
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actually there is a indian village trailer park in Jackson lmao
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I'd only live there if I were single.
Sadly this.

I have a friend from grad school who lives in Indian Village in a beautifully restored and well maintained home and the jealousy is instant every time I visit.

When my wife and I were looking for our first house, she humored me and looked at a couple houses in Indian Village, Boston-Edison, and Sherwood Forest with me but I knew it was a pipe dream as we were planning on kids shortly and there's no way I'd subject them to the public schools there (and didn't want to have to haul them an hour each day to private schools). And even beyond the schools and the taxes, I knew our bank accounts would weep each month when we pay our heat and electric bills in one of those massive old houses.

There are some pockets of awesome architecture in Detroit. Unfortunately the Hell that surrounds them kills them for many potential buyers.
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