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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Boston Edison District

Over my December break from law school, I decided to do some driving around the city and take pictures of various areas. Detroit is a big city geographically and I only got so far, but I did manage to take some good pictures in the Boston Edison District. The Boston Edison District is comprised of 30 blocks and 900 homes and which boundaries consist of Boston, Edison, Linwood, and Woodward. Here is how Sarah Klein describes it in a June 2002 article in the MetroTimes.

"The neighborhood was founded at the turn of the century, with the majority of the homes built by the Roaring ’20s. It was originally designed as a sedate residential area, complete with wide boulevards and a variety of homes, ranging from palatial to modest. The neighborhood was once home to Detroit automotive tycoons including Henry and Edsel B. Ford, and wealthy businessmen such as Sebastian Kresge, founder of the S.S. Kresge Company, which became Kmart."

Source: MetroTimes http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=3328

There are many other very nice neighborhoods in Detroit City, but this one really feels like a neighborhood within a city, just with huge mansions lining the streets, as opposed to say Palmer Woods, which in my opinion feels like a separate entity than the city. It was amazing to see the contrast between the huge mansions, and not only the surrounding areas outside of the neighborhood, but also the boarded up houses within the neighborhood. I am posting some pictures below, as well as posting a flickr link to the entire set.

Link: Historic Boston Edison District in Detroit, Michigan





Above is a prime example of a boarded up house mixed in with the rest. This wouldn't happen in Gross Pointe or Bloomfield Hills. It's something to think about.




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3 comments:

Shelby said...

I find this legitimately fascinating.

Edward said...

Im moving to the Boston/Edison district soon. I found out from my future neihbors the boarded up windows are there to protect the windows and doors that are behind them and to keep people frokm breaking in and stealing the copper pipes and fixtures from inside. They are supposed to be painted a dark color however. I found this to be true when going through some of the forclosures in this area, I was expecting the home to be completely trashed, but they were actually in good condition.

Anonymous said...

yes what a shame for detroit to allow these things to happen in our historical areas, i also purchased a home on boston blvd and everything such as the boilers and base board heating coils and copper was stolen,my neighbor called the bank several times to secure the property the finally installed steel shutters.