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The City of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan is the westernmost of the Grosse Pointe suburbs of Detroit.

Sometimes referred to as GPP or The Park, Grosse Pointe Park is adjacent to Detroit on the west and northwest, to Grosse Pointe to the northeast, to Lake Saint Clair to the east and southeast, and the mouth of the Detroit River to the south.

Six miles east of downtown Detroit, many Grosse Pointe Park residents commute to work in Detroit or one of its other suburbs. Besides Detroit and Grosse Pointe, other cities within twenty miles of GPP include Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, Eastpointe, Hamtramck, St. Clair Shores, Center Line, Roseville, Highland Park, Fraser, Dearborn, Hazel Park, Ferndale, Warren, Mt. Clemens, Pleasant Ridge, Sterling Heights, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Melvindale, River Rouge, and Oak Park.

Major development in the city occurred in its early years, between 1910 and 1930, after which development slowed until 1970, and has declined slightly each decade after. Its peak population was 15,641 in 1970, and its population in 2010 was 11,555. As an inner suburb of Detroit, there wasn't much room for additional housing units once its peak population was reached, and the decline is largely attributed to smaller family sizes.

Land area in the city has been fully developed for many years. Residential streets are built on a standard grid pattern flowing out of Detroit. Homes range from a mixture of single- and multi-family brick houses, including rentals, in the west part of the city, to larger homes, including mansions. On the west side of the city, schools, churches, and retail stores are within walking distance.

The rest of The Park is mostly residential. The majority of homes in the city were built before World War II, and many of them had been designed by architects and constructed of the finest materials.

In the southern portion of the city is a large neighborhood known as Windmill Pointe. At the most southern portion of this neighborhood is the mouth of the Detroit River and the end of Lake Saint Clair. Here, there is Windmill Point Park, movie theaters, a pool, and a gym. Further north, along the lakeside, is a much larger park known as Matthew Patterson Park, which includes a skating rink and walking trails.

In the northwest corner of the city is the Cabbage Patch, an area of densely packed, multi-family homes on small lots.

There are four obvious business districts within the city: Mack Avenue, Charlevoix Street, Kercheval Street, and Jefferson Avenue.

Mack Avenue forms the northern boundary of the city, separating the city from Detroit. The Mack Avenue business district consists of two parts. The western portion is characterized by general business uses, including offices and convenience stores, while the properties on the north side of Mack, in Detroit, are similar in nature. The eastern portion of the Mack Avenue business area consists primarily of convenience stores and other light retail businesses.

The Charlevoix Avenue business area is of mixed-use businesses and offices.

The three and a half blocks of business frontage on Kercheval Avenue are the most prominent business area in Grosse Pointe Park, although a residential area is immediate to the rear of the business frontage.

Jefferson Avenue is the main entrance to the city, and it includes neighborhood businesses, convenience stores, civic center properties, offices, and general business properties.

Grosse Pointe Park was originally incorporated as the Village of Fairview, which included the area from Bewick Street in the west to Cadieux Road in the east in what was then Grosse Pointe Township. In 1907, the area from Bewick Street to Alter Road was absorbed by Detroit, while the area from Alter Road to Cadieux was incorporated as the Village of Grosse Pointe Park. In order to gain further protection from annexation, the village incorporated as a city in 1950.

The focus of this guide is on Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources pertaining to the city, as well as to any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events.


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