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University Commons - Palmer Park

The University Commons-Palmer Park area is located in northwest Detroit and is home to some of Detroit's premier neighborhoods, including Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forrest, University District and Green Acres. It also boasts established Detroit institutions like Palmer Park, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit Golf Club, Marygrove College, Bakers Keyboard lounge, LaDolce Vita and Menjo's.


Kids having fun at the Palmer Park playground

The People's Park: How grassroots organizers have reinvigorated Palmer Park

A real sense of energy and community has emerged at Palmer Park, thanks in large part to the nonprofit People for Palmer Park.

The Avenue of Fashion

From the Archives: Boulevard of dreams

Remember when Livernois was nine lanes wide? Check out this article from 2007 anticipating the Avenue of Fashion's transition into a two-lane boulevard, a crucial step in the district's revival.

Lining W. Grand Boulevard

How Detroit became a city of trees

More than 50 years before Dutch elm disease, a treacherous caterpillar pest spurred the city to action on an ambitious plan for its street trees.

Detroit Experience Series

Explore transformation in three neighborhoods with Detroit Experience Series tours

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invite you to experience neighborhood transformation in Detroit firsthand through the Detroit Experience Series, a partnership between Model D and the Detroit Experience Factory.

Officer J Washington II fastens a bridle on Big Babby for their University District patrol

The Mounted Police Division, the most versatile unit of the Detroit Police Department

For 120 years, officers of the Detroit Mounted Police Division have patrolled neighborhoods throughout the city, interacting with citizens and building positive relationships between the community and the police department.
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