The Villages -- a near East Side community comprised of six historic neighborhoods including Indian and West Villages -- has been named one of the 51 best places in America to buy an old house by the editors of This Old House Magazine. And what's good for the neighborhood is good for Detroit, says Kirsten Ussery of The Villages Community Development Corporation
. "It makes us feel great because of not only what it says about the beauty of our neighborhood, but it shows that there are still strong neighborhoods in the city, it shows the rest of the nation that Detroit has beautiful neighborhoods,...that Detroit is alive with thriving neighborhoods that people live in."
This Old House designated The Villages "Best Place for a Bargain," citing the neighborhood's more than 17 architectural styles with "intricate woodwork, front porches, and spacious urban yards." It even concludes that this "bargain-hunter's bounty of architectural riches (is) just one reason we're betting on (Detroit's) survival."
Ussery says that The Villages CDC plans on hosting a celebration event later this month and will use the designation in its continuing marketing efforts. And it might be worth picking up a copy of the magazine -- The Villages is one of only six designated communities that made the print edition.
Source: Kirsten Ussery, The Villages CDC
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh
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