Eastpointe, Michigan

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Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit) is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 34,077. Eastpointe forms a part of the Metro Detroit area. It borders on 8 Mile Road on the northern edge of Detroit.

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History

The community was first settled by Irish and German immigrants in the 1830s. In October 1897, a Post Office was established there with the name of "Half-way", as it was near the halfway point of the stage run between downtown Detroit and the Macomb County seat at Mount Clemens. It incorporated as the village of Halfway in December 1924 and reincorporated as the City of East Detroit in January 1929. The city changed its name to "Eastpointe" after a vote in 1992; the name change had been proposed to remove any perceived association with the adjacent city of Detroit; the "-pointe" is intended to associate the city instead with the nearby affluent communities of the Grosse Pointes. Prior to 1924, most of the community formed a part of Erin Township.

The city's school district was unaffected by the municipal name change, and still is called East Detroit Public Schools. It has one high school (East Detroit High School), two middle schools, and six elementary schools. East Detroit Public Schools serves Macomb County residents, whose primary district boundaries encompass the City of Eastpointe and the southeastern portion of the City of Warren.

Eastpointe is the birthplace of Astronaut Jerry Linenger.

East Detroit High School produced a number of professional football players, including Gary Ballman, Ron Kramer and Mickey Walker.

Politics

Eastpointe is a Michigan home-rule city and operates under the council-manager form of government.[1] The city's mayor and four council members are elected at large to four-year staggered terms, and Suzanne Pixley is the current Mayor of Eastpointe (November 2007). The Mayor and two City Council seats will be up for re-election in November 2011. [2]

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