Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

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Grosse Pointe Farms is an affluent suburban city bordering Detroit located in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It ranks as the 76th highest-income city in America.[3] The population was 9,764 at the 2000 census. It is bordered by Grosse Pointe on the west, Detroit on the north, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores on the northeast, and Lake Saint Clair on the south and east. Lakeshore Drive begins in Grosse Pointe Farms, where, just east of Fisher Rd., the eastbound driver or pedestrian on Jefferson Ave. descends to lake level, following the curvature of the lakefront to the northeast.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.9 km²). 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²) of it is water (part of Lake St. Clair). The total area is 78.10% water.

The Farms has a more varied topography and streetscape than the other southern Grosse Pointes. While Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park are built on a standard street grid and are basically flat, Grosse Pointe Farms is partially built on the same grid flowing out of Detroit, but also features districts with irregular, curving street path. Furthermore, a low but noticeable ridge, likely a dune or beach ridge from when Lake Saint Clair was at a higher water level, runs through the center of the city. The Farms also contains the 'point' in Grosse Pointe, where, just east of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, there is a large bend in the lakeshore, such that those on the shoreline face east, instead of south, as they do when on the shoreline of neighboring Grosse Pointe, closer to the entrance of the Detroit River.

The cityscape varies widely, with large sections of old homes ranging from bungalows to mansions, and a few newer sections with ranch houses or luxury homes built on subdivided estates. The Farms has a downtown on Kercheval Avenue combining historic buildings with newer, neo-traditional storefronts.

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