What is it between the north end and south end of Dearborn Heights? Here is a little history of how the city came to be.
Dearborn Heights was incorporated from the two discontinuous sections of Dearborn Township and a quarter-mile connecting strip of land from the village of Inkster. Incorporation petitions were filed on Friday, March 4, 1960, while Inkster officials delivered their petitions for incorporation on Monday, March 7, 1960. The residents approved Dearborn Heights incorporation on an election held June 20, 1960, which is the official date of incorporation. Inkster filed a lawsuit that was not finally resolved until the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision favorable to Dearborn Heights on April 8, 1963.
Now does anyone see anything there about the south end or the north end? It only say’s Dearborn Heights. Now I’ve heard things over the years about how much the south end people hate the north end people. I would ask why is that I live on the north end why would someone hate me for that? Well years ago several people told me that people on the south end hate people on the north end because the north end has nicer houses. I thought then and still think now that’s complete nonsense. I spent much time walking in the south end I did not find anyone there hating me because I lived on the north end. Yes some did ask me where I lived. However there was one question asked over and over again. Why is everything taking away from the south end.. Now the funny thing is when my kids were young all the good activities for the kids happened where? Well at the Richard Young center that’s on the south end. We have nothing like that on the north end. I would always wonder way that was. I thought at the time why does the south end get all the good stuff for their kids and we have nothing on this end of town.
I know silly isn’t it, but at the time hauling 3 kids at 3 different times to the south end of town was just crazy to me. When I would tell people how I felt at that time they all laughed because they never looked at it that way before. My point is both ends of town have something the other end does not one thing we all have in common is we are one city. The city as a whole was incorporated as the City of Dearborn Heights. There wasn’t two separate incorporation one for the south end and one for the north end. Now think about this what would you think about having this city chopped up and given to the nearest city. This would be in the worst case, but someone told me that there has been talk of it happening to us because we are so small. Yep they said that if an emergency manager came into the city they have the power to chop us up. So take me for instance well my area could go to Inkster or Garden city or maybe Dearborn. Other areas around me could go to Redford, and Detroit. The south end well some of it could go to Dearborn, Taylor, or Allen Park. So why not put all the north end south end stuff to the side and be thankful we are the city of Dearborn Heights. Let’s hope that this administration and the council can come up with what’s needed to keep the city the way it is.