Reasons to Live In Downriver Michigan

Travel - Locations
By: AnneBaley    
19-Nov-2010

Introduction:South of Detroit is an area known in Michigan as Downriver. Although outsiders may have a hard time distinguishing Downriver from neighboring communities, locals know exactly what it means. From Taylor and Ecorse to Trenton, Rockwood and Gibraltar, Downriver has a flavor and culture all its own.

  • 01

    Housing Costs

    Downriver was hit hard with the economic recession and many people were forced out due to foreclosure. While this caused a hardship for many, it's a situation that you can take advantage of if you have a job. Homes can be found in foreclosure sales for 10 percent of their original cost or less. If you're worried about the ethics of the situation, don't be. The former owners won't lose anything else by the homes being sold at such low prices, and the banks just want to sell the houses at whatever price they can manage to get.

  • 02

    The Culture

    Downriver is graced with a multitude of cultural and regional flavors, from the largest Muslim population outside of the Middle East in Dearborn to the intensely traditional Polish community in Wyandotte. Ethnic fairs dot the landscape all summer every weekend, from Mexican and German to Czech and Lebanese. If artwork is more your style, check out the Wyandotte Street Art Fair. This tradition has been going on for more than 30 years, is the second biggest in the state, and features artists and craftspersons from around the globe.

  • 03

    Location

    If you are looking for a mix of a little bit of everything, you couldn't do better than to choose Downriver. No spot Downriver is more than 15 minutes from Lake Erie and the Detroit River. 15 minutes to the west is farmland with produce stands. To the south is state park land with nature trails, camping and swimming, and to the north is Detroit. Catch a ball game, visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, take your kids to the Detroit Science Center or grab dinner at Hockeytown Cafe before a game.

  • 04

    Weather

    Downriver has a definitive set of seasons, perhaps more so than the rest of the state. Its proximity to Lake Erie causes a "lake effect" in any intense weather, adding more snow to normal snowfalls and often more rain to summer showers. The summers are warm, with two or three hot weeks in the year, the winters are cold and often snowy, and the spring and fall are cool and spectacular looking.

  • 05

    The People

    Down to earth, friendly, genuine and earthy. These are just some of the ways you can describe the people of Downriver. There are very few pretensions here. People take you at face value and expect you to do the same. Downriverites are proud of what they have, because they've earned every bit of it. They won't put on airs, but they will help a neighbor in need, with no questions asked.







Comments

  • ponchomeg 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    I love Michigan! I live in Lansing, but I wouldn't mind living in the Downriver area you describe. :) Thanks for sharing this amazing list about Michigan. I will make sure to share it with my "Michigan Love" list on Twitter. :)

  • Jeanniemaries 11/24/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great list! I love Michigan and lived in Saginaw back in the 70's

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