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November 08, 2003


I am preparing myself mentally these days to uproot myself and ultimately the Nuke once more. In three months going on four, I have been hacking the system for a new slot in the bourgie matrix, and it appears that I am on the verge of completing a transaction. The downside is that I will have to relocate to Detroit.

As far as I know, the gig is in close proximity to Troy, Michigan, and although my wife grew up in Detroit, it was back in the day. That means she only has a passing acquaintance with the communities on the other side of 8 Mile. She understands that there are good things to be said about Oakland County, but that's about the extent of it.

So if any of you have any recommendations, I would be very glad to hear them. The most important things are good public schools and bicycle neighborhoods. I tend to be most comfortable in areas where I am never too far from a Kinko's. The real estate guys at Kinko's and I have the same vibe when it comes to amenity proximity and demographics. I don't want a mall-town but I can survive it.

Posted by mbowen at November 8, 2003 02:39 PM

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Welcome to Michigan!!

I am a native Detroiter. I live in the burbs now. Troy is a really nice area. Birmingham is a nice town with an excellent school system and is close to Troy. Troy itself is pretty good too. Check Rochester Hills as well.


Posted by: Rosemary Esmay at November 8, 2003 06:39 PM

Another native Detroiter here who lives damn near in the country now.

North of 8 Mile means you wallet better be way up north also. Oakland Country is the wealthiest and most affluent county in Michigan. They have a beautiful mall there called:

The Somerset Collection

And you dare not call it a mall. It's a collection.

Posted by: S-Train at November 8, 2003 09:44 PM

I'm looking for Target and Sears. I can deal with Filenes and Lord & Taylor but not if there is no escape. Give me a place where everyone doesn't wear chinos and golf shirts. I don't think I can handle snootiness from Midwesterners, ferchrissake. There's got to be a decent NPR affiliate, some black anchorpersons on the local news. There's got to be some Episcopalians and a healthy kid's soccer league. If there's no Thai restaurants, forget it. OK if the Chinese takeout doesn't have Szechuan and Cantonese forget it. I can deal without the Thai. I don't even expect any decent BBQ, but I'll handle that myself.

Also I don't want to deal with completely idiot police departments. I expect there to be a decent number of sports fans and sports bars.

I don't want to be in a place where idiot kids take over a complete section of the shopping district. I want to live in a neighborhood where kids skateboard and cycle in the street. Where people drive Camrys, SUVs and the occasional hoopty & Benz. Where I can find a real hardware store and the dry cleaners is not in a strip mall.

There has got to be trees and parks with baseball diamonds and soccer fields. There's got to be an ooptiplex movie theatre and a Chuck E Cheese. There's got to be Applebees, Home Depot and new car dealerships.

Oh and how could I forget. There absolutely positively has to be a Comp USA. Not a Gateway Store. Micro Center would be ideal, but I don't know if they go up that way. Fry's is even better.

Now I've been to the Iranian part of Dearborn in the chillout district. That was decent enough.

As you can see I'm fairly deep into cultural geography. Part of my distaste for moving has to do with learning about all the politicians all over again, etc. Sigh.

Posted by: Cobb at November 8, 2003 10:11 PM

so you ARE going to be in the city? email me.

Posted by: Lester Spence at November 8, 2003 11:38 PM


I made my earlier recommendations based on proximity and good public schools and bicycle neighborhoods.

If you don't mind a bit of a commute then may I suggest Southfield, Novi or perhaps even Livonia. I have more personal experience with these areas.
They are really nice, good schools, good neighborhoods, Target is everywhere ;-), and less hoity toity.

Also, our local Fox affiliate has the very awesome Huel Perkins as news anchor.


Posted by: Rosemary Esmay at November 9, 2003 09:24 AM

Also, Thai food is EVERYWHERE here!!!!!


Pick your town - I'll give you a Thai restaurant!!!

Posted by: Rosemary Esmay at November 9, 2003 09:25 AM

See about Royal Oak, if you can.

Posted by: George at November 10, 2003 10:02 PM

Oh, and try Claritas on whatever ZIPs you get offered.

Posted by: George at November 10, 2003 10:04 PM