Monday, September 29, 2008

Detroit's Unique Neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest, a Detroit Historic District on the northwest side of Detroit, was originally platted in 1917. It actually consists of two neighborhoods: Sherwood Forest and Sherwood Forest Manor. The neighborhood includes approximately 435 homes which were built mostly in the 1920s and 1930s. It is bounded on the south by Seven Mile road, on the west by Livernois, on the north by Pembroke, and on the east by Parkside. The Sherwood Forest Association began in 1929, and has been active ever since.

 The oldest home in Sherwood Forest
built in 1922

The homes in Sherwood Forest are architectecturally unique, and neighborhood property restrictions were readjusted in the 1980s to enure the integrity of the houses. Over the years, the community of Sherwood Forest has worked hard to both preserve the neighborhood and to grow and change with the times. Some of the challenges that have been overcome include: blocking the construction of an airport and various factories, re-foresting the area after the Dutch Elm disease blight, and ending redlining.

The Sherwood Forest Association and the homeowners have several activities throughout the year to enhance the feeling of community and keep the neighborhood vibrant. The benefits of Sherwood Forest's location include proximity to the University Commons shopping district and most major freeways, quiet winding streets, and a private security patrol.

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