Where is Warrendale?

The exact boundaries of the Warrendale neighborhood change a little bit, depending on who one asks. For purposes of this blog, I define "Warrendale" as that portion of the city of Detroit that is bounded by Joy Road to the north, Ford Road to the south, Greenfield to the east, and Rouge Park to the west. These, by the way, are the approximate borders of the former Warrendale Township, which was dissolved and incorporated into Detroit back in the 1920s.

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What makes the Warrendale neighborhood unique, from the standpoint of its location, is that it is bounded on two sides by the city of Dearborn, Michigan and on a third side by Dearborn Heights. It is essentially a peninsula of urban life that is surrounded on three sides by suburbs.

These boundaries, I should point out, include the area east of the Southfield Freeway that is sometimes referred to as WACO, Gardenview, or Herman Gardens in the definitions offered by others. Once upon a time, the entire area was Warrendale Township and both sides of the freeway have a similar history and feel to them.

Together this area represents almost four square miles of history, culture, and community.


Suzie said...

Actually it was Dearborn Twp. The house I lived in on Rosemont was built by my family in the early 20's and the original deed say Dearborn Twp.

Frank Nemecek said...

Actually, the transition went from Dearborn Twp. to Warrendale Twp. (with a portion of it near Greenfield being Greenfield Twp., too) to Detroit. I pulled up the old maps from the State of Michigan

Sandy said...

Hi Frank,

I just drove through my old neighborhood and drove past many of the areas where friends lived and where I used to hang out in the 1970's. The whole area sadly looks like a ghetto. I used to live on Asbury Park near Tireman (that was one of the first areas to go bad). I drove down Tireman all the way to Rouge Park and along the way I saw boarded up homes. The apartments on Tireman just before Rouge Park are all boarded us with graffiti all over it. What a shame that this whole area has been destroyed. It once was so beautiful and a fun place to grow up. The Herman Gardens became the ghetto in the late 1960's and is now torn down. I attended Herman Elementary School and Ruddiman Junior High. The whole area looks like a ghetto. What is it that people can't take care of their neighborhood? Is it a lack of money?