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Title: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: 12 Bones on June 18, 2007, 11:49:28 PM
  I'm curious as to what people think are Monroes best qualities ?   ;D

  I'm also curious as to what's wrong with Monroe.  ???


  I grew up out here in Carleton. But I've also lived in The City of Monroe for a few years.  I can tell you that I love the small town life. You see people you know every day, there's always somebody to talk with, and you can count on your neighbors to help out if they can.

  What I don't like about Monroe is the same complaint everybody else has.  It's  BORING ! ! ! 
What this place could use is a few more block parties !
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroe73 on June 19, 2007, 12:22:30 AM
I hate to go into the East side and there's a lot of cops
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Dar on June 19, 2007, 08:15:42 AM
Monore's best are schools ,downtown,fishing,people.  Worst would have to be not enough stores close but then it wouldn't keep its charm .                                                                                   
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: masc0t on June 19, 2007, 08:47:25 AM
I wish Monroe would do something with the waterways.  If we could tear out at least 2 dams in Monroe, we could open it up for boats to come downtown from the lake.  This would be cool and promote more downtown business, bars and restaurants would thrive, properties along the river would become more valuable and people would come from many nearby cities to take advantage of the atmosphere.  We could have a water taxi just like they have in Cleveland.  I think we are really missing the boat by not utilizing our water areas better.  I'm sure the project would be enormously expensive but overall, the return would be unending.  Even the lake front doesn't offer much to the people.  Boat launch sites for those who have boats, and Sterling State Park to swim, big deal.  What about recreational activities, jet ski rentals, parasailing, kite surfing, tubing, regular regatta's or festivals by the water, boat tours, etc?  People love this stuff.  These things seem to thrive everywhere else, so why not in Monroe?  The long term investment would definitely be worth it.  I know there are probably plenty of underlying issues, but I believe it can be done.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mike Ingels on June 19, 2007, 09:58:13 AM
Beautiful post, Masc0t!

What would Monroe look like without the dams?  Just think of a marina in downtown.  Wouldn't that be just the coolest thing?  We could get a Jimmy Buffet vibe going in downtown.

But I think that there are some minor adjustments that could be made to improve the area.  The first is a citywide or countywide garbage pick-up day.  I was just at Hellenberg Island and there is trash all over the place.  And it's not just that location.  I've seen an old abandoned car in Erie, car batteries tossed in Petersburg.  Our parks have more trash than those in other areas.

Also, some strategic tree-trimming would help.  If you drive east on Elm Street, past the Clamdigger, there is a wall of trees along the river that blocks the view.  A little bit of trimming might really help to make that area more pleasant.

I'm always amazed when I drive through Tecumseh by how much a paved path and a few streetlights can improve an area.  Their commercial strip looks really cool right now.  I feel the same way about Washtenaw Ave. in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi no-man's land.  They trimmed some trees, paved a roadside trail, put in a few lights and - BOOM - the place looks so much more inviting.

Do the same thing along Elm street near that little marina area, christen it Monroe's Marina District and we might have something.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: TPoKE on June 19, 2007, 10:16:25 AM
I hate to go into the East side and there's a lot of cops

being around a lot of cops should make you feel at ease....unless you are the type they are looking for.

What I like about Monroe...the public education is very very good...its considerable safer than most other cities....folks tend to take care of their properties (not alot of run down buildings sitting around waiting for demo)

What I dont like:  There is really nothing for young men and women to do that is safe and can hold their attention....job market is not that great.....far too much institutionalized racism and prejudices...and everything closes up at 10:00 pm!!!!!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: beachbunny on June 19, 2007, 03:03:02 PM
I think it would be neat to get an affordable waterpark. I've taken my kids to rolling hills its affordable and fun. Its not huge which I think probably helps keep the cost down. I think the outlet mall has potential if the right stores come in. They should get some of the good stores like Birch Run.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: masc0t on June 19, 2007, 03:40:01 PM
Yeah, I totally agree about the Outlet Mall on LaPlaisance.  They could make it a real go if they would get some real stores in there, stuff people want.  The place needs revamping totally.  But they need to do it all at once and not get in one good one every other year.  We need a Coach, Fossil, J Crew, Nike or Addidas, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Victoria Secrets, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Eddie Bauer, Nine West, Bebe and so on.  Remember.....if they build it, they will come! 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: smccormick on June 19, 2007, 08:02:14 PM
I think that Monroe can be somewhat boring. Seems like around 11-12 at night, everything is closed. And I think that both the oulet mall and frenchtown mall could use more stores that people would like. Now I know we have Aeropastle, Elder-Beerman, American Eagle, Old Navy, etc. but what about stores like Victoria's Secret, The Pottery Barn, etc. I prefer to drive to Franklin Park to find better stores. Like the one person said before, build it and they will come.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: the nosh on June 19, 2007, 08:12:53 PM
mascots post made alot of sense...but remember...this is still monroe!!  ;D
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: patpenny on June 20, 2007, 08:15:46 AM
The problem with Monroe is that it does not utilize it's great waterfront. Yes, history is important to preserve but, put a little more money into our waterfront areas. Most any other town that my husband & I travel thru have beautiful waterfront parks. Stop putting so much money into the "battlefield" and go for a more tourist opt. I visited the battlefield site on Elm/Detroit Ave for the first time a few weeks ago. Of course you can not visit inside the building, nobody is working on a work week day. Big deal, I walked the grass and read some history signs. I was only there because I was waiting to meet up with my husband. Ten minutes tops was all it took me to visit this site & I was done. Yee haa, I saw a bunny rabbit. We have a great opportunity to push our lake & river, use it.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: MonroeMom on June 20, 2007, 06:19:02 PM
The things I like most about Monroe are the shady, tree lined streets and the architecture of the homes. I love the history and significance of the town. I love downtown with all of its quaint old buildings. I love living in a small town but still with access to three different major cities. I love only being 40 minutes from an international airport. I love how we all speak with flat vowels. (The first time I lived somewhere else, Wyoming, the locals would ask me to say things like "car" and "a box of rocks" to laugh at my accent! I told them it wasn't ME that had the accent!!!  :D )

The only thing that comes immediately to mind about what I don't like is that, and this is the English Major in me, most people here have pretty bad grammar. Every day I hear children and adults alike say things like "them ones" and "no it don't." My 3 year old is driving me nuts with that one right now--she picked it up at daycare!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: TPoKE on June 20, 2007, 07:19:28 PM
The things I like most about Monroe are the shady, tree lined streets and the architecture of the homes. I love the history and significance of the town. I love downtown with all of its quaint old buildings. I love living in a small town but still with access to three different major cities. I love only being 40 minutes from an international airport. I love how we all speak with flat vowels. (The first time I lived somewhere else, Wyoming, the locals would ask me to say things like "car" and "a box of rocks" to laugh at my accent! I told them it wasn't ME that had the accent!!!  :D )

The only thing that comes immediately to mind about what I don't like is that, and this is the English Major in me, most people here have pretty bad grammar. Every day I hear children and adults alike say things like "them ones" and "no it don't." My 3 year old is driving me nuts with that one right now--she picked it up at daycare!

Given your Major...I would wager that no matter where you live, you will be plagued by this problem LOL!! Most folks are lazy when it comes to speaking english.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: riversbend on June 20, 2007, 08:44:04 PM
I like:

Summer in the Park concerts at St. Mary's Park.
Munson Park
Veteren's Park

Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mayonnaise on June 21, 2007, 12:50:58 AM
What I like about Monroe is the charitable heart that the community has. That if there is a tragedy as in, someone needs help paying medical bills, loss of home and property by fire or natural disasters whether it is in the community, within the family, or an individual in need and even somewhere in the United States or even the world, someone or some organization will take up the cause to help in anyway possible. :D

What I dislike about Monroe, the traffic on Telegraph Rd. >:(
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Nittanylion on June 21, 2007, 10:28:55 AM
Likes...1) Quaint, 2) Easy access to citiies, 3) History, 4) Never have to leave town to get what I want 5) parks 6)quiet Sunday mornings and the church bells....DISLIKES...1) TRAFFIC,TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC 2) Littering...Vinces on Elm is bad for that 3) The lights on the Martin Luther King Bridge. Does not go with the atmosphere presented by the city, 4) City not using its history to its fullest ability, but now that the paper mill is going away it may improve 5) All the new subdivisions...who is going to buy all these?? 6) The way the city takes care of its streets, winter and summer.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: misttan on June 21, 2007, 01:50:14 PM
I dont actually live in the city of Monroe but in Carleton.  So I like the old houses and the big trees.  I don't like the fire alarms that go off to call the volunteer fireman and I don't like having to drive everywhere :P  I grew up in a city so I am used to things being 5 minutes away. 

I agree they should do something more with the waterways, its a great asset!!!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: wastinawayagain on June 22, 2007, 03:52:53 PM
I love the small-town atmosphere and how friendly everyone is. It's nice to be able to get my hair cut, shop, and have my car washed by familiar faces. I love all the sidewalks everywhere for walking my dog, running, etc.

We could definitely use more shopping. And I'd love to see an off-leash dog park.

I'm also seconding (thirding? fourthing?) the suggestion that Monroe use its river more. We need restaurants and/or bars on the waterfront, and the ability for boats to come into downtown.  Downtown Monroe is cute, but it definitely needs something more.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: happy2Bme on June 23, 2007, 11:57:03 AM
Here is another Carleton resident.  Actually, Ash Township resident.   We have seen so many changes over the years.  We have seen so many businesses come to Monroe.  The commercial development is and will be forever changing.  What we have not seen is an improvement in the roads.   What I cannot figure out is why Monroe St get's 4 lanes all the way up to Telegraph Rd, but Telegraph is only 2 lanes from the "Y" to Walmart.  There is plenty of space for a 4 lane road there, especially over the train tracks.  It's infuriating to have someone do 40 mph in a 55 mph zone.  If you want to putz..then get on the back roads.....that's what they are there for!   

What do I like about Monroe?  It has just about everything you need with a small town atmosphere. 

What I fear most is that Monroe County will turn into another Wayne County. City everywhere, houses everywhere (houses for sale everywhere too).  The safe feeling that I have when I sit on the front porch is something that I treasure.  I take pride knowing that we are the 5th generation to live in this house and to sit on the front porch.   

 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: jenetty on June 23, 2007, 04:48:18 PM
I've only lived in Monroe for three years and so far what I love about Monroe is it's charm.  I love the small town feeling.  I haven't run into too many people I didn't like or just rubbed me the wrong way.  I was a little worried about the schools when we first moved in but since I have been extremely pleased.  I have two children with learning problems and the school system has been working wonders with my kids.

A couple things I'm a bit dissapointed in is the fact that you have to go to Toledo to get anything really good to eat from out or to get to some more interesting shopping.  But as someone already mentioned, I guess having all that here would take away from the charm.  I don't understand why there's not more unique stores at Frenchtown or the outlet malls.   ??? The other thing that I'm sure is everyone's gripe is Telegraph and how busy it is all the time.  >:(  I think they should've planned the business around here just a little bit better.

www.jenettyshome.com (http://www.jenettyshome.com)
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: qzee24 on June 23, 2007, 05:17:55 PM
I moved away from Monroe about six year ago to be with my Fiance in Illinois. I never realized how nice and beautiful Monroe  was until I moved away. There is nothing here where I live now that compares to it. Monroe is quaint and beautiful. As someone said the tree lined streets with the nice comfortable looking homes. Even the Downtown is pretty compared to ones I have seen here. And as far as things to do, Monroe people are lucky! Where I live now is ugly and boring! Although Monreo  :Ddoes not have as much as Toledo it does have much to offer! I miss Monroe so much! I would like to move back there, but that is impossible because of my Husband's work. When I do get a chance to come back and visit I enjoy my time back there in Monroe and I make the best of my time with my family and friends. Every time I visit there is something new there and new places to explore. So Monroe people enjoy Monroe and embrace it for what it is. It is very special! I guess the saying that you don't always appreciate something until it is gone is true. Thankfully it is not completely gone and I can come back for my visits!!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: riversbend on June 28, 2007, 08:54:40 AM
We could definitely use more shopping. And I'd love to see an off-leash dog park.

I second both those ideas!  :)
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: equaled on June 28, 2007, 11:02:38 AM
Well Likes ,  its home, its not too far from country roads, and muti cultrial
Dislikes,  Monroe is too big for its bricthes, Traffic is HORRIBLE, People are rude, everybody is in a Hurry, Its a Gossip Town like no other, This list could go on and On. Really I don't hate Monroe but it is not the Town  that it used to be. Old Monroe was far better than Current Monroe
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: riversbend on June 29, 2007, 11:49:30 AM
Well Likes ,  its home, its not too far from country roads, and muti cultrial
Dislikes,  Monroe is too big for its bricthes, Traffic is HORRIBLE, People are rude, everybody is in a Hurry,

Be thankful you don't live in a big city, like Chicago, LA, or Toronto.  We don't have beggars hugging you on the streets trying to pick your pocket. In Toronto, wreckers sit along side the highway waiting for the next accident!  Monroe is quite mild in comparison.  ;)

What I dislike:
Trying to get in and out of the Monroe post office parking lot.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mayonnaise on July 04, 2007, 02:03:41 AM
What I don’t like is the city officals know that downtown parking is a problem with not enough parking spaces and trying to find a solution to the problem. They had one, they tore down an old building and put in a parking lot. and after time, they tore out the parking lot to build another building across the street from the one still in operation. I guess finding a parking solution is a big issue for downtown but, if a business has the money to build another building on a much needed parking lot, the residents of Monroe County will still have to “circle the blocks” until they can find a parking space. It would not surprise me if it happens again.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Greg Chamberlain on July 04, 2007, 08:14:33 AM
Parking downtown is not that bad unless you are so opposed to walking a few blocks to get to where you are going. My god.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mayonnaise on July 04, 2007, 10:47:35 AM
Greg,

I was just answering the question, gave my opinion, just like the poster asked.
I was just pointing out something that I noticed. It has been in the newspaper that downtown is looking in parking solutions and at some points mentioned a parking structure

And as you stated:” Parking downtown is not that bad unless you are so opposed to walking a few blocks to get to where you are going. My god.”

My reply to that is it depends on the time of day you go and where you are going.

And No, I do not oppose to walking a few blocks. It’s just that where I need to be downtown, it is sometimes difficult in finding a handicapped parking space or even a normal one for that matter, to be as close as possible. My mobility is not what it used to be, having to use walking support to get around. I guess being a disabled vet, does not matter.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mom_of_3 on July 05, 2007, 04:02:06 PM
Parking downtown is not that bad unless you are so opposed to walking a few blocks to get to where you are going. My god.

Greg, try walking two or three blocks carrying a 15 lb. baby in a 15 lb. infant carrier seat.  UGH!!  I had to go downtown once and forgot the stroller.  Walking 2-3 blocks carrying the baby was not an easy task.  If I were a typical downtown shopper, I would have just thought forget it-not worth the bother. 

Downtown Monroe really does need some type of parking structure. 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Greg Chamberlain on July 05, 2007, 11:26:10 PM
Greg, try walking two or three blocks carrying a 15 lb. baby in a 15 lb. infant carrier seat.


Here you go:
http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

Leave it in the car for times when you forget the stroller. Problem solved.  ;)

And Mayo, a parking structure won't solve your problems. It will most likely be a block or two away from the downtown anyway.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: MonroeMom on July 06, 2007, 12:42:00 AM
Greg, try walking two or three blocks carrying a 15 lb. baby in a 15 lb. infant carrier seat.


Here you go:
[url]http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/[/url]


These are great if you like wearing a 15lb necklace!!!  ;D
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: PrincessAmy on July 06, 2007, 04:39:10 AM
I wish Monroe would spruce up downtown to look more like downtown Wyandotte..where the sidewalks are wide and you can hang out and chill day or night.

I grew up in the city, but live in Frenchtown now. Frenchtown and Monroe's have almost the same amount of citizens yet Monroe has it's own police force and Frenchtown has 2 deputies.....


Uhhh what's the logic in that?
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Frenchfry on July 06, 2007, 05:30:28 AM

I wish Frenchtown had sidewalks so I guess that’s one aspect I dislike.

I do like not having to worry about alligators or anything that could eat me.

Monroe doesn’t need their police force so eliminate them and just hire two Deputies.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: the nosh on July 06, 2007, 12:44:16 PM
downtown wyandotte is a great example! awesome city!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: masc0t on July 10, 2007, 03:21:37 PM
Parking in downtown Monroe is a problem BECAUSE city and county employees take all the spots on a daily basis!!!  I know this because my friend works at the courthouse and has told me that many people do this.  They get 2 breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon so one or two people take turns going outside to feed the meters.  It's cheap and they can park right at their place of employment.  Hardly seems fair huh?  Parking was intended for patrons but the real violators are half of the downtown employees.  There's ample parking (St. Mary's park, across the river from that behind the old Fox Club, corner of Macomb and Front, corner of Wadsworth and First (2 corners there actually - the old church, Macomb and Front).  The problem is that people are TOO LAZY to walk 1 or 2 blocks. 

MonroeMom, sorry but when you have kids you always have to come prepared.  I'm sure this isn't your first time at this as your posting name reflects "mom."  That's the problem with too many people today, too lazy to walk too far or be slightly inconvenienced (no pun intended).  Those same people have no problem walking the malls for hours or even walking Meijers, Wal Mart, etc though which is probably the same distance anyway.  So come on, 1 or 2 blocks...big deal, it's good for you.  Take in the fresh air and surroundings and enjoy old town life...it's nice. 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: spenc119 on July 10, 2007, 04:00:00 PM
Er...actually parking in downtown is quite good.  I don't think i've ever gone anywhere where I've had to walk more than a few hundred feet.  There is an abundance of employee parking, but even during the day there are meter spots open all over the place.  It's a downtown area...you're supposed to park and walk.  If it were a shopping center I'd understand some gripes. 

A big issue is that if you wanted more parking in Monroe you'd either have to a) sacrifice some very old buildings with local shops in them or b) sacrifice something economically.  Both are bad ideas currently and i'd rather walk a few hundred feet.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: PrincessAmy on July 11, 2007, 01:04:14 AM
I mentioned Wyandotte, and ended up having my appendix removed at Wyandotte Hopsital yesterday LOL

Anyways, they were having the art fair and had Biddle Ave closed down... It was perfect, right on the river, gorgeous shops, variety,etc.

Monroe could definately take some lessons from Wyandotte in that aspect!

Funny, I just found this article from the Free Press on Wyandotte's downtown

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070711/NEWS02/707110416&theme=DOWNTOWN062007
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: the nosh on July 11, 2007, 06:53:48 AM
the wyandotte art fair starts today thru saturday.

the weather will be nice (barring any rain) and you will all have a great time!!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Pleasantville on July 12, 2007, 09:54:39 AM
The things I like about Monroe.......
1) how everyone is related to everyone or knows someone who is related to you ....... (get the picture) I really do love this. Hard to find an unrelated male to marry but hey? I'm married. LOL
2) how we pull together and support families who need it whether it's illness or fire we are just THERE!
3) I like how if you see an accident today it WILL be on the front page tomorrow so you will know what happened. (that is important for us really nosey folk)
4) I like that we have a theater for plays and small concerts.
5) I enjoy the fact that we are all best friends 3 hours before the sales that begin the day after Thanksgiving while sitting in line. But when we are inside that store we are bitter enemies if we are after the same "product" haha.
6) I love the Sensational Beginnings sale every summer. It is fabulous!
7) We have an incredible jewel in the Nursing Program at the college!

What I don't like about Monroe.......
1) the fact that we are all related. (I know I used this one already) but it is a double edged sword!
2) That if you are in the hospital ER for anything(even visiting) by the time you get home half the town knows......
3) There is not enough reasonable parking downtown! Walking from St Mary's isn't an option for alot of our residents.
4) The riverwalk.
5) OUR OUTLET MALL IS A JOKE!
6) parking at our hospital for visitors is lousy. Must be for staff also b/c if I lived on Lemerand I'd be ready to go "postal" on half the cars parked down the road. Lord have mercy.
7) The old boys feel to so many decisions made around town in different political venues and educational areas!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Pleasantville on July 12, 2007, 10:04:34 AM
Wanted to comment on the parking structure thing. We really need to think out of the box.... We NEED adequate parking of some sort.
The baby carrier and toddler thing is a real issue but so is disabled YOUNG persons returning home after being away in the Sandbox. They can't access the downtown festivals easily. We need more places available for parking. We build this HUGE nice bank (don't get me started on how they treat people in that bank OMG) but anyway beautiful bank DOWNTOWN and ummmmmmm not a buttload of parking for the amount of people they are able to service so the people who use that bank still go to other branches.

Having first hand experience of being married to a person with peripheral neuropathy(of the feet and legs) when you add 2/3 blocks of walking to the downtown experience for dining.... it kind of kills the experience.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Will Sweat on July 13, 2007, 08:03:04 AM
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The baby carrier and toddler thing is a real issue but so is disabled

If someone has a valid handicap parking placard they can park in any space (time limited or not) without the fear of being ticketed.  The City was sued several years ago over this issue and as State law trumps local ordinances those vehicles with handicapped parking permits are in no danger of being ticketed. 

I live downtown and have never, with the exception of "events" found parking full on the streets or at St. Mary's or UW Lot more than 1/2 full during non court hours.  Yes, we have a problem with employees parking on the street and in metered areas. 

Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Mayonnaise on July 13, 2007, 03:04:00 PM
[quoteIf someone has a valid handicap parking placard they can park in any space (time limited or not) without the fear of being ticketed.][/quote]
That is true, to a point. however, there are some handicap parking spaces downtown that do have time limted parking and even though you have a handicap placard or plate on your vehicle and if you go over, you have a good chance of getting a ticket.

Around the courthouse is a area that needs parking, whether able bodied or handicapped.
If anyone ever had to be at the courthouse at 9 or 10 in the morning or after one o'clock in the afternoon, finding a parking space can be quite difficult.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Will Sweat on July 13, 2007, 10:20:07 PM
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That is true, to a point. however, there are some handicap parking spaces downtown that do have time limted parking and even though you have a handicap placard or plate on your vehicle and if you go over, you have a good chance of getting a ticket.

Not so.  My son is handicapped and as his Mother must drive him we have a placard for the vehicle.  I live downtown on Macomb and the area in front of my home is two hour parking.  We do not have a driveway.  We cannot be ticketed for parking on valid on street parking - even if it is time limited.  Again, the City of Monroe lost in court. 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroemommy on July 20, 2007, 05:20:24 PM
I dislike almost all of the schools here, my son is special needs (LD) and we have had no luck with any of the teachers or support staff here. I do like the small town feel but and feeling like a bigger city would be better suited to deal with special need children in their school system. I have been in Monroe for 7 years and have watched the school systems get worse by the day. It is sad but true our schools are failing our children and there is nothing that we can do about it!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monique on May 17, 2018, 05:28:50 PM
Eleven years ago?! Eleven years ago!!

The things I like about Monroe.......
1) how everyone is related to everyone or knows someone who is related to you ....... (get the picture) I really do love this. Hard to find an unrelated male to marry but hey? I'm married. LOL
2) how we pull together and support families who need it whether it's illness or fire we are just THERE!
3) I like how if you see an accident today it WILL be on the front page tomorrow so you will know what happened. (that is important for us really nosey folk)
4) I like that we have a theater for plays and small concerts.
5) I enjoy the fact that we are all best friends 3 hours before the sales that begin the day after Thanksgiving while sitting in line. But when we are inside that store we are bitter enemies if we are after the same "product" haha.
6) I love the Sensational Beginnings sale every summer. It is fabulous!
7) We have an incredible jewel in the Nursing Program at the college!

What I don't like about Monroe.......
1) the fact that we are all related. (I know I used this one already) but it is a double edged sword!
2) That if you are in the hospital ER for anything(even visiting) by the time you get home half the town knows......
3) There is not enough reasonable parking downtown! Walking from St Mary's isn't an option for alot of our residents.
4) The riverwalk.
5) OUR OUTLET MALL IS A JOKE!
6) parking at our hospital for visitors is lousy. Must be for staff also b/c if I lived on Lemerand I'd be ready to go "postal" on half the cars parked down the road. Lord have mercy.
7) The old boys feel to so many decisions made around town in different political venues and educational areas!
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroe Native on May 19, 2018, 10:12:10 PM
LOL - People wanted Monroe to be like.....  Wyandotte?

I mean why not....  aim low and miss by a mile anyway.

Very sad.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: The Fuzz on May 20, 2018, 09:08:04 AM
I think I have said before that the perception of Monroe differs between long time natives, and those who relocate to here.

Quirks.....yes, but what town doesn't.  I find most people here as hard working, good character individuals, and enjoyable to socialize with.  Considering the location sandwiched between Detroit and Toledo I feel safe, and am comfortable that my family is when I am on the road.

I wish the downtown was more vibrant but the demise of the downtown areas across the country have been ruined by the likes of Walmart, and suffers from what a lot of retailers are seeing in internet sales.

Improvements have been made in the river in knocking down those dams, but I'd like to see the DNR actively stocking it with fish that will survive the habitat.  I enjoy looking across the river and seeing kids fish at the park, but with very limited success.  Fishing brings so much tranquility and enjoyment to youngsters.....I hate seeing them being discouraged.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 20, 2018, 10:54:06 AM
I don't know much about Monroe.  I only go there if I have to go to the county courthouse complex.  And usually can't find a parking spot and if I do you have to pay. I don't know what is downtown.  i don't think i've ever been there. 
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: The Fuzz on May 20, 2018, 12:42:35 PM
The entire Monroe County population in 2015 was right at 150,000, and I will take a wild guess that 50% or so live in the transparent borders of French Town/Monroe/LaSalle, so I'm guessing that 75,000 people or so are familiar with the downtown area.  You were right there when at the County Courthouse.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 20, 2018, 01:43:12 PM
Maybe, but I come in from the south and go as far as the court and head back..
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 20, 2018, 10:13:48 PM
I think I have said before that the perception of Monroe differs between long time natives, and those who relocate to here.

Quirks.....yes, but what town doesn't.  I find most people here as hard working, good character individuals, and enjoyable to socialize with.  Considering the location sandwiched between Detroit and Toledo I feel safe, and am comfortable that my family is when I am on the road.

I wish the downtown was more vibrant but the demise of the downtown areas across the country have been ruined by the likes of Walmart, and suffers from what a lot of retailers are seeing in internet sales.

Improvements have been made in the river in knocking down those dams, but I'd like to see the DNR actively stocking it with fish that will survive the habitat.  I enjoy looking across the river and seeing kids fish at the park, but with very limited success.  Fishing brings so much tranquility and enjoyment to youngsters.....I hate seeing them being discouraged.

If the Corps of Engineers keeps dicking around in Chicago, the river will be stocked with sheephead carp and the kids can catch them with baseball bats..... ;D
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 20, 2018, 10:17:13 PM
Only thing I like about Monroe is Durochers and Battery Warehouse and I know how to get to both without negotiating one way streets.  far as the County Courthouse complex, I agree with Blue, parking sucks.  Dam shame when you have to feed a meter and then pay again inside to get something done.

Monroe blows.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Professor H on May 21, 2018, 09:25:10 AM
Parking only sucks for those who think they have to park in front of where they shop... 

Go to anyplace else and pay attention to how far you walk -   Even the big super stores parking will have you walk several city blocks 

Its all about perception
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 21, 2018, 11:17:17 AM
I don't mind the walk but if you don't park in the 50 car lot where is there other than on the street?
I try to avoid parking where some idiot may park next to me
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Professor H on May 21, 2018, 02:22:54 PM
I don't mind the walk but if you don't park in the 50 car lot where is there other than on the street?
I try to avoid parking where some idiot may park next to me


PDF file shows all the lots - plus if you park and get a ticket - they  have a program to get them forgiven...  see one of our old members Brian for that! 

http://www.downtownmonroemi.com/content/download/1231/6749/version/1/file/Parking+Map+Green+Full+2014.pdf (http://www.downtownmonroemi.com/content/download/1231/6749/version/1/file/Parking+Map+Green+Full+2014.pdf)

http://www.downtownmonroemi.com/content/download/1231/6749/version/1/file/Parking+Map+Green+Full+2014.pdf (http://www.downtownmonroemi.com/content/download/1231/6749/version/1/file/Parking+Map+Green+Full+2014.pdf)
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 21, 2018, 03:01:09 PM
Thanks  I'll check em out next time i have to go there..
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: FritzTheKat on May 21, 2018, 04:20:27 PM
Parking...

come to Royal Oak where we fund the city with parking ticket money

I guess we are all in the same boat,

hey! where is my paddle...
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 21, 2018, 04:39:17 PM
nobody can be as bad as Ann Arbor.  I parked in front of Pizza Bobs a couple of years ago and thought my daug fed the meter.  When we got inside i ask her and she said no..I turned around and caught the door as it wasn't even closed yet and a AA cop was ready to write me up..
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroe Native on May 21, 2018, 07:22:42 PM
The difference between Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and Monroe is......

People don't mind the parking in Ann Arbor and Royal Oak - because there is stuff in both places that people want to do.

Monroe - I think people use the parking as an excuse to NOT have to go downtown, and not feel guilty for what a sad downtown it is.

As far as the demise of the downtown's being due to the Wal Marts and big box stores....  maybe there is some validity to that.

However....  Compare Monroe to Dundee.  Compare Monroe to Saline.  Compare Monroe to Chelsea.  Compare Monroe to Dexter.  Compare Monroe to Tecumseh.

Please give me another excuse - because those downtown's all seem to be places people want to be.

Monroe is in a long, slow, painful decline.  I don't think the re-branding that the Cities Director of Communication - and by the way - why does a City the size of Monroe need one of those.... - anyway - I don't think her big "re-branding" did squat.

And speaking of Wal Marts....  I think more people in Monroe shop in their Pajamas then those other places too.  I think that speaks volumes about the quality of some of the residents.

Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 21, 2018, 08:02:43 PM
Downtown Chelsea is awesome.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 22, 2018, 03:04:06 PM
The difference between Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and Monroe is......

People don't mind the parking in Ann Arbor and Royal Oak - because there is stuff in both places that people want to do.

Monroe - I think people use the parking as an excuse to NOT have to go downtown, and not feel guilty for what a sad downtown it is.

As far as the demise of the downtown's being due to the Wal Marts and big box stores....  maybe there is some validity to that.

However....  Compare Monroe to Dundee.  Compare Monroe to Saline.  Compare Monroe to Chelsea.  Compare Monroe to Dexter.  Compare Monroe to Tecumseh.

Please give me another excuse - because those downtown's all seem to be places people want to be.

Monroe is in a long, slow, painful decline.  I don't think the re-branding that the Cities Director of Communication - and by the way - why does a City the size of Monroe need one of those.... - anyway - I don't think her big "re-branding" did squat.

And speaking of Wal Marts....  I think more people in Monroe shop in their Pajamas then those other places too.  I think that speaks volumes about the quality of some of the residents.

You covered it quite well.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 22, 2018, 03:09:26 PM
Downtown Chelsea is awesome.

Chelsea, Dundee, Tecumseh, Milan and others are all smaller (basically have one main street) unlike Monroe.  For a valid comparison, use Adrian.  Adrian has the same issues as Monroe, it's downtown is mired on political postulation and the atmosphere is stagnant.  People in Adrian go outside downtown to do everything, just like Monroe.  I think it has to do with size, age of infrastructure and poor vehicular planning (one way streets and go nowhere streets)

I find downtown Monroe and Adrian depressing.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: blue2 on May 22, 2018, 07:34:46 PM
Agree downtown Adrian is confusing.  I've bee thru it many times in last 20 years going to the schools.   On the way home I almost always end up where I didn't want to be
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroe Native on May 22, 2018, 07:43:28 PM
Chelsea, Dundee, Tecumseh, Milan and others are all smaller (basically have one main street) unlike Monroe.  For a valid comparison, use Adrian.  Adrian has the same issues as Monroe, it's downtown is mired on political postulation and the atmosphere is stagnant.  People in Adrian go outside downtown to do everything, just like Monroe.  I think it has to do with size, age of infrastructure and poor vehicular planning (one way streets and go nowhere streets)

I find downtown Monroe and Adrian depressing.

I do too - that is I find them depressing.

I find it depressing how far down hill Monroe has went in the last 10-15 years.

I think the more telling demographic between Monroe / Adrian and all those other places is Median Income.

I have this crazy theory that there is a direct correlation between Median Income and Education.  I also have a crazy theory that higher education levels are found around nice places to live and work.

Monroe - and probably Adrian - long prided itself as blue collar union towns.  Now - Monroe had some money - La Z Boy, Monroe Auto Equipment, Paper Mills, but all those people are long dead, and their kids took a look around town and have appeared to leave.  Now - I have no issue with blue collar at all - but you have to admit that with the decline of Auto Manufacturing Jobs - the ability to get a 6 figure job with a high school diploma went by the wayside.

Did you know that Monroe's Median income is half that of most of the other cities I listed?

Monroe has become a commuter town if you want a high paying job for the most part.

The reason to move their is location, the lake, the fishing, and low housing prices and low taxes.

I'm not sure how long those will be compelling reasons to live there if it continues on the course it has been on the last 10-15 years.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 22, 2018, 09:26:14 PM
...and they both have poor governance.  The only thing Adrian has going for it is the colleges on the north east side of town.  Adrian has a big drug issue, just like Monroe but Adrian has very few blacks and more Mexicans whereas Monroe has very few Mexicans and more blacks.

Didn't bother to compare Ann Arbor to either because Ann Arbor is a different ball game.  Jackson is like Monroe and Adrian, downtown is depressing.

Don't know about unemployment figures or people on public assistance bit I'd say both Adrian and Monroe have plenty.

Of course the City of Adrian is allowing a mary-jane operation in, across from Inteva on Beecher Street diagonally across from Gus Harrison.  That will be interesting in itself.  At least Adrian and Madison Township have a full time police department, they are going to need it.  I have a feeling that it will wind up a net loss enterprise for the city.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 22, 2018, 09:30:40 PM
Agree downtown Adrian is confusing.  I've bee thru it many times in last 20 years going to the schools.   On the way home I almost always end up where I didn't want to be

Supposedly it's fixed but you could fool me.  Before it was a cluster fudge going north or south on M52.  Now, it's jut a PITA.

Like Monroe.  I've never understood why city planners designate one way streets.  I wonder if any of the have ever negotiated them.

Something else that Adrian has in common with Monroe is back alleys.

...and Adrian, like Monroe is loosing retail tenents in their Mall.  It's basically a ghost town.  people don't do malls today but Monroe has 2 losers, Adrian only has one.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: Monroe Native on May 28, 2018, 03:04:40 PM
Like Monroe.  I've never understood why city planners designate one way streets.  I wonder if any of the have ever negotiated them.

I think the answer to that would mainly be to get more parking.
Title: Re: What do you Like and Dislike about Monroe ?
Post by: BigRedDog on May 28, 2018, 05:29:33 PM
Something you appreciate if you spend a lot of town downtown is that it is much easier for a pedestrian to cross a one way street as you only have to really watch for traffic coming at you from one direction.  It is a good idea to double check when you first start across the street though for that occasional out of towner that can't read the 'one way' signs.

I think the answer to that would mainly be to get more parking.

That would make sense.

Seems to me most of the towns i see that have one way streets are the older towns and in the older areas.  Monroe and Ann Arbor immediately come to mind.