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Urban Neighborhoods: Detroit's Indian Village

The City of Detroit is nationally known for its struggles with white flight and urban blight. However, the city still is home to it's share of impressive urban neighborhoods featuring well manicured lawns and tree lined gridded streets. Today, Metro Jacksonville takes a brief tour of two: Detroit's Indian Village and West Village Historic Districts.

Published February 21, 2013 in Learning From      6 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


About Indian Village

Indian Village is a historic neighborhood located on Detroit's east side and is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The district has a number of architecturally significant homes built in the early 20th century. A number of the houses have been substantially restored, and most others well kept up.

Many of the homes were built by prominent architects such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William Stratton for some of the area's most prominent citizens such as Edsel Ford. Many of the homes are very large, with some over 12,000 square feet (1,100 mē). Many have a carriage house, with some of those being larger than an average suburban home. Some of the houses also have large amounts of Pewabic Pottery tiles. The neighborhood contains many historic homes including the automotive entrepreneur Henry Leland, founder of Lincoln and Cadillac, who resided on Seminole Street.

Indian Village has a very active community including the Historic Indian Village Association, Men's Garden Club & Woman's Garden Club. The neighborhood hosts an annual Home & Garden Tour the first Saturday of June, a neighborhood yard sale in September, a holiday home tour in December, and many other community events.

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February 21, 2013, 11:39:02 AM
Many of these buildings look exactly the same as buildings all through the old areas of Jacksonville.  I am sure so many of them are pictures of local places that it is crazy.


February 21, 2013, 12:57:45 PM
Very cool. Great piece. I will be in the 313 in May for DEMF and looking forward to making the cultural rounds :) Just an FYI I make those rounds on the bus!


February 21, 2013, 01:54:04 PM
great connection to Jacksonville's urban core neighborhoods!


February 21, 2013, 06:19:08 PM
Glad to see this.  Just from what we often hear, we can easily think that Detroit is a wasteland with everything gone.  ANd yes, lots of hints at what we can see in our own city.

Mike D

February 21, 2013, 09:25:38 PM
Beautiful neighborhoods...and the prices will take your breath away (as in, compared to everywhere else they're so low)!  But before you're tempted to give Mo-town a try, read this to keep things in context!


March 10, 2013, 01:45:48 AM
Hey, I was surfing the net the other day and came across the artice you did last year on Cincinnati. Cool to see. I like how you keep the residents of Jacksonville informed of what's going on around the country. I wish our city did the same. Anywho there's a website I think you all might enjoy, its called  It has a gallery of pics of our city and some of its neighborhoods, as well as many other cities.
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