There is always something going on in Royal Oak. When I think of Royal Oak, I think of the Detroit Zoo, Arts, Beats, & Eats, and the Cruise on Woodward. Congratulations, Royal Oak: City Of The Week with WCSX! Scroll down to learn more about Royal Oak and its history!
With a location that’s tough to beat, Royal Oak crosses paths with I-75 and I-696 plus another major thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue. You’re never too far away from Royal Oak.
Royal Oak City Roots
The Royal Oak website dates its establishment as a township on January 23, 1819. Royal Oak became a village on March 18, 1891. George A. Dondero had the honor of being the first mayor. In 1921, Royal Oak officially became a city with a fast-growing population of 6,000. Today nearly 60,000 people call Royal Oak home.
My Thoughts on the City
In addition to tons of community events throughout the year, Royal Oak offers up some delicious cuisine and shopping for items that make me love shopping IRL. Looking at the community as a whole, the DDA seems to be very involved and supportive of local shop owners which is key. In my years and years of travel with City of The Week, I will tell you that communities that have a strong support system for the local shops, do not have a lot of open space.
Today’s Royal Oak is always a great time (once you get past parking). You know what I’m talking about. The parking can be triggering. A year or so ago, Royal Oak put reverse parking in on several main strips. You now have to back into parking spots which can be a bit awkward. PRO TIP: for the love of God, use the parking decks. I don’t have to worry about getting shafted by meters or risk a fender-bender trying to back in with traffic. I love Royal Oak, but yes, I said it.
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