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Farmington Hills is Changing

What's going on with Farmington Hills?  So many longstanding stores are closing and being replaced with what I call cheap stores.  For instance Five and Below, Torrid and now a I luv Beauty Supply store.  Really!  Also, now the Sprint store is closed.  The Rams Horn is closed now too. The Trader Joes is gone.   I'm shopping more and more in West Bloomfield and Novi.   
Sharon September 07, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Given the tragedy that I witnessed this evening, I will stand by my hope that this and future conversations will be elevated to a much less personal and higher level. I am thankful that no one was injured and that the fire and public safety departments from our two fine cities showed what true cooperation and selflessness is really about. The public safety portion of the 52.5 mills that Farmington's commercial properties pay certainly paid off tonight for all of the Grand River businesses that were preserved. I will simply be saying lots of prayers for the Cowley family tonight and for all of the people that put themselves in danger to save our downtown.
Darren Whittaker September 07, 2013 at 06:10 PM
"Tragedy"?? It was a kitchen fire, injured no one and by news accounts, did very little damage to the building as a whole. Dramatic, much?
Sharon September 08, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Wow that's cold Mr. Whittaker. I'm glad at the moment I have no idea who you are and that most people in Farmington have much more compassion. The Cowley family has lost two parents and now a fire in the family business, that to me deserves some empathy. Thankfully the structural damage seems to be minimal but that does not mean "little damage". Once again, let's raise this to a much higher level.
Michael September 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Can I comment on the entire premise of this argument? The downtown area is not dead. It's sad to see the empty spaces in the downtown shopping center but talk to the landlord about that. From what I understand, they are not offering attractive rent options. And this is a symptom of the current economy, not just an issue with downtown Farmington. Look at any strip mall and you will find lower end stores and empty spaces. As far as the businesses, try to park downtown on weekends and you'll see that the area is not dead. Mr. Cowley's restaurant and bar does well and the new Mexican restaurant, Les Tres Amigos has been packed each time we've gone. The restaurants all seem to be doing good business. Starbucks is always busy. My family loves going downtown and we solicit these businesses as well as Ariel Automotive, TJ Maxx, Joe's Headquarters and others. My family doctor is there as well. Lets not over dramatize or politicize the situation.
Gregory Keller September 09, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I'd have to agree with mr Cowley that taxes are way to high in Farmington and Hills. When I compare my taxes to my fathers in similar neighborhood my taxes are 4 times his in Indianapolis suburb. Schools are excellent there too

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