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Street after street of handsome colonials, well-manicured lawns, and cul-de-sacs with sports-playing kids make the area around Lawton Elementary feel more like a suburb than a city. The Lawton area includes established neighborhoods inside the freeway ring, newer ones to the southwest in Pittsfield Township, and a section of rural Lodi Township to the west. All students go to Slauson Middle School and Pioneer High.

Around the school itself, south of Scio Church, there are a variety of split-levels and colonials. Farther south, the simple 2-story homes on Northbrook date from the 1980s.

Across I-94 in Pittsfield Township, the 1990s-era Arbor Creek and Boulder Ridge subdivisions hug the west side of the freeway, tucked behind the Oak Valley Centre. Arbor Creek provides large 2-story cul-de-sac homes with tidy lawns. The Colonial-style Boulder Ridge has a play park, and the two subdivisions share a common area with a walking path. The 192-unit Centerra Pointe townhouse apartments sit tightly clustered on 18 acres along Oak Valley, across from Boulder Ridge and Arbor Creek, and the new Uptown apartments at Ann Arbor-Saline and Oak Valley offer configurations from 1 to 3 bedrooms, lofts, and townhomes. The 217-unit Meadowbrook Village apartments off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. date from the late 1980s.

South of Waters is the Hawthorne Ridge subdivision, whose 2-story homes boast big garages and vaulted brick entranceways. Beyond the Lake Forest Golf Club lie small brick ranches, 2-story houses, and open fields; homes are set far back down long driveways.

Farther west, Lodi Township still has active farms, including a few horse farms. Along Wagner are older country homes with vegetable gardens and big yards with lots of trees, and sometimes a tractor or dilapidated barn.

Students are bused to Lawton from the Pinelake Village Cooperative, a 1960s-vintage federal project on S. Maple with 129 townhouses.

Bike lanes: Scio Church Rd. has a marked bike lane, and Ann Arbor-Saline out to Oak Valley has either sidewalk paths or a bike lane (the latter for the difficult I-94 bridge).

Walking: Lawton School has a walk score of just 11 (walkscore.com). This is another area in which suburban sections are actually more walkable than those in the city: many subdivisions near Ann Arbor-Saline and Oak Valley are close to Meijer and other stores and restaurants south of I-94.



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