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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (2) The Villages vs. (7) East English Village

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Last year’s finalists meet again

Agnes Street in West Village
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Curbed Cup is our annual award for the neighborhood of the year. We’re starting with 16 neighborhoods (with some close ones combined), and we’ll vote over the next few weeks until we’re down to one. Polls are open for 24 hours. Let the voting commence!


The Villages

The Villages (West Village and Indian Village) came in second in last year’s race to East English Village. Since then, we’ve seen more development along Kercheval and a boom in housing stock over in Islandview, between West Village and Belle Isle. The St. Charles development is converting a school into luxury condos in Islandview as well. The Coe development opened in West Village, adding the first new construction in the neighborhood in years. Soon, we’ll see more restaurants in West Village. Here are a few comments about the neighborhood.

West Village: "With all of the development, walkable restaurants, apartments, and shopping this neighborhood is bouncing back as an awesome place to call home!"

"Indian Village is the most beautiful neighborhood in Detroit in my opinion. All of the houses are stunning and the streets are shaded by towering trees that only allow just the right amount of sunlight to reach the streets below.."


East English Village

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Last year, East English Village came out of nowhere to rally and win the Curbed Cup. They even made their own trophy! It’s a tight-knit east side neighborhood with a strong neighborhood association. Here’s a testimonial from a resident:

“My husband and I have lived in this great EEV community for 25 years. Besides touting the strong turnout at our monthly meetings (100+), newsletter hand-delivered monthly to each home and business, our own EEV app & website, strong partnership with the officers at the 5th Precinct, annual events such as our Garage Sale, Home & Garden Tour, Angels Night(s) Ride-Along & Pot Luck Dinner, Landscaping, Halloween & Christmas Decorating Contests and Annual Holiday Party, Garden Club, Lost Pets, Volunteer Security Patrol, Private Security & Snow Removal Services – "There’s more to a great neighborhood than shops and restaurants . . . although, admittedly, that would be a bonus to our EEV community. But here in EEV, we are a beautiful neighborhood that always comes together ~ puts quality of life at the top of the priorities ~ AND where everyone knows your name! We’re definitely the "CHEERS" of all Detroit communities! One thing for certain, EEV residents do love our little corner of the "D"!”