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Harper Woods
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City of Harper Woods
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Government
 • Type council-manager
 • Mayor Kenneth A. Poynter
Area
 • Total 2.61 sq mi (6.76 km2)
 • Land 2.61 sq mi (6.76 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,236
 • Estimate (2012) 13,990
 • Density 5,454.4/sq mi (2,106.0/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48225
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-36700
GNIS feature ID 0627822
Website http://www.harperwoodscity.org/
Census Pop.
1940 858
1950 9,148 966.2%
1960 19,995 118.6%
1970 20,186 1.0%
1980 16,361 −18.9%
1990 14,903 −8.9%
2000 14,254 −4.4%
2010 14,236 −0.1%
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Harper Woods MI 48225
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We have travelled to many continents before retirement and this crew is the best. They are presently loading the first  container to Europe. Very professional, prompt and considerate. Compelled to recommend even while in process
March 08, 2017
Easy, quick and prompt A+ service
Ross made the move wonderful. Got the quote on time & final bill was little le$$!!! and driver was on time for pick-up and delivery. Highly recommended!!!
December 01, 2014
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Rose Moving and Storage were the BEST!
Jim came to our home and gave us a very fair and thorough estimate. Movers were great, as well! Steve and his crew took great care in moving all of our household items with nothing damaged. Beverly was wonderful, and she checked on us throughout and after the move. In the past, we have had terrible experiences! Trust me, you get what you pay for. We highly recommend this company, and will use them again for our future move.
December 18, 2013
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Harper Woods (Get Moving Estimate for Harper Woods, MI) is a city located on the eastside of suburban Detroit, Michigan, United States. The city is located in Wayne (Wayne, Michigan Mover Reviews). As of the 2010 census, the city population was 14,236.

History

Harper Woods (Get Movers Prices for Harper Woods, MI) was incorporated as a city on February 19, 1951 from what was left of Gratiot Township. A charter commission was elected, a charter prepared and adopted, and a city council elected. The City of Harper Woods (Get Movers Prices for Harper Woods, MI) came into existence on October 29, 1951, when the charter took effect and the first city council was sworn in.

According to the city's website, Harper Woods (Get Relocation Quote for Harper Woods, MI) was so named because it was then a wooded area and because its main thoroughfare was Harper Avenue (named for Walter Harper, founder of the nearby Harper Hospital in Detroit).

The fledgling suburb faced the usual problems confronting new cities: schools, streets, sidewalks, water systems, drains, etc. In 1956, Harper Woods (Get Movers Prices for Harper Woods, MI) was the subject of a community service study by the Bureau of Government, Institute of Public Administration, at the University of Michigan.

The development of Harper Woods (Get Move Prices for Harper Woods, MI) reflected the growth of metropolitan Detroit. In 1955, the I-94 Expressway Route (which bisects the eastern part of the suburb) was approved, and construction on the Eastland Shopping Center began soon after. Eastland Center, one of the first outdoor malls in the Midwest, opened in 1957. Harper Woods (Get Move Quote for Harper Woods, MI) continued to develop and grow over the decades. In 2001, Harper Woods (Get Moves Prices for Harper Woods, MI) celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Mark Binelli, the author of Detroit (Detroit, MI Relocation) City is the Place to Be, wrote in 2012 that Harper Woods (Get Move Quote for Harper Woods, MI) had been "declining for years", citing an increase in daylight carjackings and home invasions and a foreclosure rate higher than that of Detroit.

Geography

Harper Woods is located between the City of Detroit and St. Clair Shores (St. Clair Shores, MI Relocation), and between Detroit and the Grosse Pointes. Harper Wood borders Macomb County on the 8 Mile Road side. It is located along Interstate 94. Eastland Shopping Center is the community's shopping center. Harper Woods has no rail access and it has no industries.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,236 people, 5,814 households, and 3,611 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,454.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,106.0 /km2). There were 6,504 housing units at an average density of 2,492.0 per square mile (962.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.6% White, 45.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 5,814 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 21.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.9% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 37.5 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,254 people, 6,292 households, and 3,756 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,521.1 per square mile (2,133.1/km²). There were 6,514 housing units at an average density of 2,523.1 per square mile (974.8/km²). The racial makeup of the population was 84.9% Non-Hispanic white, 10.2% African-American, 0.34% Native American, 1.0% Non-Filipino Asian, 0.7% Filipino, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2% of the population. 14.4% were of German, 14.0% Italian, 12.5% Polish, 10.4% Irish and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,292 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,769, and the median income for a family was $55,065. Males had a median income of $46,747 versus $34,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,900. About 2.9% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural history

Though a relatively new city, Harper Woods (Get Move Estimate for Harper Woods, MI) has played a role in the cultural history of Metro Detroit.

For many years, the city was home to the East Side Drive-In (located at 19440 Harper Avenue, near 7 Mile Road), the first drive-in theater in Metro Detroit (Detroit, MI Mover Reviews) and one of the very first in the Midwest. The East Side opened May 26, 1938, with The Big Broadcast of 1938, starring W. C. Fields and Dorothy Lamour. Automobile capacity in later years was listed at 970 vehicles. The East Side closed in 1977 and was demolished a year later.

The Hideout (located at 20542 Harper Avenue, at Beaufait Street) was a popular teen dance club in the mid-1960s. Many Detroit (Detroit, Michigan Relocation)-area music acts - including some that would go on to national prominence - performed at the club. Among them were Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Ted Nugent, Glenn Frey (later of the Eagles), and Suzi Quatro. One performance at the club by the MC5 was described by their manager John Sinclair. The Hideout spawned a local record label, Hideout Records. A 2001 compact disc, Friday at the Hideout: Boss Detroit (Detroit, MI Mover Reviews) Garage Bands 1964-1967, documents the scene. One of the first bands to play at the Hideout, The Underdogs, wrote Friday Night at the Hideout. Dave Leone is credited as the writer on the record.

Another venue for local bands in the 1960s and 1970s was Notre Dame High School. According to various accounts, "All the Motown artists used to come and lip-sync to their records. Local neighborhood bands got to play live." Among the local performers of note who played dances and concerts at the school were The Amboy Dukes (featuring Ted Nugent), Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Frijid Pink, The Frost, Salem Witchcraft, Toby Redd, The Almighty Strut, and other acts.

In the early 1970s, U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall wrote a poem which referenced the city, "Poem With One Fact." Similarly, in 1986, the critically acclaimed crime fiction writer Loren D. Estleman unflatteringly portrayed the city in his Amos Walker (Walker, MI Moving Reviews) novel Every Brilliant Eye. Among other works, the Detroit (Detroit, Michigan Moving)-area crime fiction writer Elmore Leonard mentions the city in his 2000 novel, Pagan Babies. Jeffrey Eugenides' bestselling 1993 novel The Virgin Suicides as well as his Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex also reference Harper Woods (Get Move Estimate for Harper Woods, MI).

Betty Bahr, an early local television personality, and Angela Ruggiero, 2006 Olympics bronze medal winner (ice hockey), have been among its better known residents. Dave Coulier, a popular television and voice actor, graduated from Notre Dame High School.

Dominating the cultural and commercial profile of the suburb is Eastland Mall, which sits at the intersection of 8 Mile Road and Beaconsfield Avenue. Eastland Center, as it is now known, houses a celebrated work of public sculpture, "The Lion and Mouse," by Marshall (Marshall, MI Moving) Fredericks.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Harper Woods is served by two public school districts, the Harper Woods School District and the Grosse Pointe (Grosse Pointe, Michigan Movers) School District. The Harper Woods School District manages Beacon Elementary School (preschool-3), Tyrone Middle School (4-6), and Harper Woods High School, which includes the middle school (7-12). The Grosse Pointe (Grosse Pointe, MI Relocation Company) School District manages Charles A. Poupard Elementary School. Harper Woods is also home to the charter schools of Chandler Park Academy Elementary and Middle Schools, Heart Academy High School, and Colin Powell Academy Middle School.

The Chandler Park Academy, a K-12 charter school, is in Harper Woods (Get Moving Cost for Harper Woods, MI).

During its history, Harper Woods (Get Moving Quote for Harper Woods, MI) was also home to the following (now defunct) parochial and private schools: St. Peter's Grade School, Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School, Lutheran High School East, Bishop Gallagher High School, Trinity Catholic High School, and Notre Dame High School. In the fall of 2002, Bishop Gallagher and St. Florian High School in Hamtramck merged to form Trinity Catholic High School in Harper Woods (Get Relocation Cost for Harper Woods, MI). In 2005 the archdiocese announced that Trinity and Notre Dame, an all-boys parochial school in Harper Woods (Get Movers Cost for Harper Woods, MI), would close. The all-girls Regina High School, once located in Harper Woods (Get Relocation Cost for Harper Woods, MI), moved to the nearby suburb of Warren in the fall of 2007.

Community colleges

The Wayne (Wayne, Michigan Moving) Community College University Square campus is located within the boundaries of Harper Woods.

Public libraries

Harper Woods (Get Move Quote for Harper Woods, MI) Public Library, in February 2012

Harper Woods (Get Moves Prices for Harper Woods, MI) Public Library acts as the community's library system.

Pension fund lawsuit

In September 2007, the City of Harper Woods (Get Relocation Cost for Harper Woods, MI) Employees’ Retirement Scheme filed suit against UK-based defense contractor BAE Systems. The suit alleges that BAE Systems executives funneled approximately $2 billion to Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar. The suit, which made news around the world, seeks governance changes to the BAE Systems board, and efforts to redress the losses due to this alleged corruption.

On December 29, 2009, the US Court of Appeals rejected the Scheme's claim. Representatives for the Scheme later said that they would consider appealing to the Supreme Court.

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