With a prime location near the University of Michigan, the Old West Side
is home to graduate students and university faculty members as well as older and younger couples. Named a National Historic District for its iconic streetscape and overall atmosphere, the Old West Side is comprised of homes
built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with signature front porches clustered along tree-lined streets. While the Old West Side is primarily a residential community, a number of businesses have been operating in the neighborhood for many years.
The Ark, a non-profit organization and music venue in the Old West Side, has been in operation since 1965. Arcadian Antique Boutique was established in 1983 and the Argus Museum was founded in 1987. One of the oldest mainstays in the Old West Side, Washtenaw Dairy, opened in 1936.
Aside from long-standing businesses, the Old West Side houses parks such as Wurster and Waterworks Parks for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities. Local residents congregate at community events such as the Old West Side Garage
Sale, Children’s Festival, and an annual summer concert at the senior citizens’ home—Lurie Terrace.