Garden City, Michigan

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Garden City is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 30,047. The city is part of the Metro Detroit region.



The origins of Garden City started with the transfer of the property to John Lathers from Andrew Jackson for 160 acres (0.65 km2). The city was patterned after the "Garden City" concept that became popular in England during the 19th Century, with most home sites sectioned off into 1-acre (4,000 m2) plots to allow adequate farming area to support the family with fruit and vegetables. Now, most sites are considerably smaller, some as small as 40' x 135', with little room for gardening of fruits and vegetables, though the city maintains some large lots where an extra street has not been placed between two of the older streets, such as between some parts of Bock Street and John Hauk Street where Donnelly Avenue does not cut through. In June 1927 Garden City became a village with Arnold Folker as Village President and six years later the Village became the city of Garden City. Areas of interest in Garden City include the first Kmart store (still in use), the first Little Caesars (also still in use), the first dine-in McDonalds in Michigan, and the honeymoon cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford was moved here.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²), all land.


Garden City is a Michigan home rule city with a council-manager form of government in which a seven-member elected city council appoints a professional city manager to manage the daily operations of the city government. The mayor and six council members comprise the city council, or legislative body, with the mayor being elected every two years and council members elected to four-year staggered terms. The city council appoints the city attorney and city manager. The mayor serves as the ceremonial head of the city government, presides over city council meetings, and possesses one vote on all matters coming before the city council. The city manager appoints all other heads of city departments with the approval of the city council and is responsible to the city council for the efficient and effective operations of the city government.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 30,047 people, 11,479 households, and 8,230 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,124.0 per square mile (1,979.7/km²). There were 11,719 housing units at an average density of 1,998.5/sq mi (772.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.20% White, 1.10% African-American, 0.40% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.

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