|- Mayor||Craig Covey|
|- City Manager||Robert Bruner|
|- City||3.9 sq. mi.|
|- Land||3.9 sq. mi.|
|- Water||0.0 sq. mi.|
|- Density||5,697.2/sq. mi.|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Ferndale began as a bedroom community for Detroit workers about the time of World War I, with most of its growth in housing from 1920-1945. Before World War II there were trolley (interurban railroad) lines that ran in the median strip of Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit out towards Pontiac. These helped the northern suburbs of Detroit grow as bedroom communities as people could just hop on the trolley to shop or work in Detroit.
Until the 1970s Ferndale was a typical American suburban community, a good place for families to raise children during the "Baby Boom" era, with many elementary schools serving a fast growing youth, a thriving downtown, city parks, active churches and civic groups. Ferndale even had its own community hospital (Ardmore Hospital) on 9 Mile Road at Livernois that closed in the 1970's. St. James Church had their own school for grades 1 through 12. The high school later closed, in late 1960's or early 1970's.
Lincoln Junior High on 9 Mile and Livernois was torn down in the 1970's to make room for a supermarket. It was formerly Lincoln High, the city high school, until the new and current Ferndale High was completed in 1958. Lincoln Junior High had been built in 1920 and was falling apart by the 1960s. By this time the population of school-aged children also was declining and more and more elementary schools closed or were consolidated. One elementary school took over as the city middle school after Lincoln was torn down. Recently the school district was again made over with impressive results in test scores. The gap between the disadvantaged and privileged children has closed in recent years.
Ferndale's downtown shopping area, 9 Mile Road, featured many busy, popular stores in the 1940's to 1960's, including: A & P Supermarket, State Supermarket (which later became Food Fair, and eventually Farmer Jack), Federal Department Store, Cunningham's Drugs, Hagelstein's Bakery, F & M Drugs (the first store in the chain), Sanders Bakery, Western Auto, several clothing and shoe stores, Ferndale Lanes (a 20-lane second-story bowling alley over a group of stores on 9 Mile west of Woodward), Kresge's, Woolworth's and Neisner "dime stores." A movie theater, Radio City, was located on Woodward, one block north of 9 Mile. More historical information can be found by visiting the Ferndale Historical Museum located at 1651 Livernois which is located just south of 9 Mile on Livernois next to the Fire Station. Hours are Saturdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM or by appointent by calling (248) 545-7606.
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