December 22, 2015 | Model D

Four neighborhoods meet at the intersection of Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road in northwest Detroit. The University District, a collection of some of Detroit’s finest brick homes, stands at the intersection’s northeast corner, a largely stable and generally well-to-do neighborhood, though some vacant and boarded up homes dot its tree-lined streets. On the other end of the neighborhood-stability spectrum is the Fitzgerald neighborhood, located to the southwest of Livernois/McNichols intersection. A number of Fitzgerald’s streets are touched by blight, its wood-frame housing stock marred by abandonment and fire. As with any challenged neighborhood in the city, however, Fitzgerald has its share of residents maintaining their blocks and their homes with pride. In between are the Martin Park and Bagley neighborhoods, to the southeast and northwest, respectively. [...]

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