Sterling Heights

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In 1968, farm-centered Sterling Township was busy turning into the bustling suburban city of Sterling Heights, Michigan. The city charter had just been forged, and new residents were flooding into this Macomb County area just north of Detroit to work in the Ford, Chrysler, defense, and auto supplier plants. The city grew at an astounding rate, quadrupling in population between 1960 and 1970. More services were offered, and more homes were built. Commerce and industry continued to grow, resulting in a population of 130,000 by 2010 in what is now the fourth-largest city in Michigan. Time for play brings to mind the jewels of the city: its many lush parks, some located along the beautiful Clinton River, and Sterlingfest, the annual summer city event focusing on art, music, food, and fun. The city's ethnic makeup continues to be fluid, as it has all through its history. The celebration of Sterling Heights' 50th anniversary in 2018 will see a city continuing to grow and evolve.
ISBN: 9781467127776
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 162
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Debra Vercellone, writing for the Sterling Heights Public Library and Historical Commission, builds on historical research begun by the late local historian Ruth Baker.
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