Tidbits of Interest
Locally famous as the place where Henry and Clara Ford spent their honeymoon, Garden City is a residential suburb of Detroit that was settled as long ago as 1832 but was slow to achieve any substantial growth until the early 1920s. Garden City enjoyed its first population boom when it shifted into a desirable suburban community for automotive industry workers who wanted to have a large lot for planting a garden. Farmland was subdivided into home sites to provide enough space for families to raise a garden and still maintain a home within a short commute of the factories in and around the City of Detroit. “The Sun Parlor of Detroit” became the city’s motto, and today’s proliferation of trees, shrubbery, and gardens have matured to grace the cityscape with greenery, natural beauty, and a distinctive charm. Quick and easy access to Interstate 96 and Interstate 275 ensure easy commutes to key points throughout the metropolitan area. This fact, coupled with a regulation that prohibits the construction of buildings that are over two stories in height, has made the community attractive to a large population of retirees and young families.
The spacious, wooded setting of the Garden City Park anchors the city's family oriented recreational amenities, which include batting cages, volleyball courts, a public swimming pool, community center, ice-skating rink, and four smaller neighborhood parks. Newcomers will find that the community spirit is strong in Garden City, and local athletic competition as well as special events and festivities draw crowds that include every age group. While some apartments and multifamily housing options are available, mature houses predominate throughout the quiet, tree shaded neighborhoods. The constant increase in school enrollment has spurred developers to build larger homes that harmonize well with the well kept modest bungalows of yesterday. The area seems to provide fertile ground for entrepreneurial genius. In fact, two retail giants began their operations here in Garden City: Mike Illitch launched his Little Caesars empire with a take-out restaurant in 1959, and Kmart opened its first department store that same year.