It is the border line between Detroit and a number of cities such as Warren Eastpointe etc. Detroit is on the south side and the suburbs are on the north. Wayne County is on the south side, while Macomb County is on the north side.
It was called Baseline road and if you continue the road, it would eventually run through the border of Illinois and Wisconsin.
It is very blue collar, but not quite ghetto. There are blacks, whites and trailer trash all along it. It is very wide, with 4 lanes on each side, divided by an island median.
At the east end, the road splits into Vernier and this road travels into the very wealthy Grosse Pointes. Think of GP as Greenwich CT, or Beverly Hills.
Major roads traael through 8 Mile Road. They include Van Dyke, Gratiot, Woodward, Livernois, Schoenherr, and more.
01. Lose Yourself
02. Love Me
03. 8 Mile
04. Adrenaline Rush
05. Places to Go
06. Rap Game
07. 8 Miles and Running
09. Time of Your Life
10. You Wanna Be Me
12. Wasting My Time
14. That's My Nigga Fo' Real
16. Run Rabbit Run
On its easternmost part, 8-Mile road runs through very wealthy areas. A few miles west, you will find the Eastland Center Mall, which is very nice, but almost completely Afro-Centric (lots of stores selling rap clothing, etc.). It's all downhill from there -- it gets better once you hit Southfield, though.
Nobody can doubt that it is a racial divide. Warren, for the most part, is almost completely white, while the Detroit side is predominantly black.
8-Mile is not cool. It's actually sleazy and boring. There's lots of strip clubs and crummy convenience stores, as well as check cashing and furniture rental places.
Warren is not entirely lower-class. Rather, it is a city with many income divides. Basically, the higher the mile number (ie. 10-Mile Road), the better the area. By 12 Mile, it's completely Middle Class, and most of 10-11 Mile is too, with the exception of a few pockets of starter homes and some apartment complexes known for their drug problems.
8 Mile was recently put into the national spotlight after a movie of the same name starring rapper Eminem was filmed in the area. The film received good reviews and Eminem went on to receive an Oscar for Best Song.
However, it's worth pointing out that Eminem's character, "B-Rabbit" did NOT live on the bad half of 8 Mile. The whole damn point of the movie was that he lived in the "wrong" area and was of the "wrong" race, but still managed to gain respect from his peers.
Eminem, in reality, grew up in Warren, a lower-middle class suburb about 20 miles from Detroit.
8 Mile starred Eminem and sickly-looking Brittany Murphy.
basically it is a mile road
ex: 24 mile road, 16 mile road
It is most famous now for the role it played in Eminem's 8 mile, in which it seperates the whites and the blacks. Though it is shwown as a ghetto area, it is not as bad as East Detroit and their shitty ass school district.
ex 2: "Why pay money to see 8-mile when I can see it in real life, all I need to do is drive 2 miles"