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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Sherwood Forest v. (10) New Center/North End

Which neighborhood should advance to the second round?

One of the many great homes in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

This sweet little neighborhood near Livernois was a strong write-in candidate this year, with many testimonials sent in by residents and fans. We understand. It has well maintained, unique houses on big lots — a great neighborhood to drive around and admire, and to live in according to its residents. Will it get out the vote and make a run for the Curbed Cup this year?

“This is easy for me. Detroit’s best neighborhood is Sherwood Forest.

Most beautiful houses — and because it’s an historic district, it’s the most architecturally cohesive nabe as well.

But a neighborhood isn’t just homes, it’s also people. Sherwood’s community can’t be beat. It’s beautifully diverse — different races, and a range of ages from birth to 90s. There are owners who’ve been here 40-50 years, and newcomers being welcomed who’ve been waiting anxiously for a house to come on the market.

From neighborhood parties to caroling and luminarias lighting the streets at Christmas, from our wildly successful bid to raise money for period-appropriate street lights to the charming inscriptions that neighbors placed on plaques on those street lights. Parties for children, our Little Free Libraries, our pocket parks, running clubs, cycling clubs, moms’ clubs. From our twice-annual neighborhood clean-ups to regular meet-and-greets at neighbors’ homes, it’s really like a village within a city. People are friendly, they’re helpful, they’re respectful, they watch out for each other.

We keep up with each other and make recommendations via our Facebook page and our neighborhood newsletter, the Tattler, which has been printed since the ’20s or ’30s.

SF is the best of small-town America in big-city America. It’s a neighborhood that believes in Detroit, and kept the flame burning even through the tough times.”

New Center/North End

From the North End, looking toward New Center
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Separated by Woodward Avenue, New Center and the North End are located at the end of the line for the QLINE, and there’s a lot changing over there. The Fisher and Albert Kahn Buildings will be undergoing renovations, and Third & Grand is underway for new apartments. There’s the beautiful Pallister Avenue, and big houses throughout the neighborhoods. Urban farming is big in the North End, and two big farms just unveiled big news. Midtown Inc. has recently invested in storefronts along Grand Boulevard and Woodward; will we see more investment there soon?

“My nomination is New Center... Not just is this already a bustling neighborhood with Henry Ford, Fisher Building, State Cadillac building as anchor institutions but it's becoming more of a neighborhood with more residential building, retail and entertainment. And unlike in downtown there seems to be more attention to the needs of lower income people, so I'm hoping this area won't be totally gentrified. I'm excited about the possibilities for the Woodward - Grand Blvd corridor which is where I live!”