"Ellet, Ohio" -- A close-knit, mostly white, semi-isolationist, middle-class, and rather earthy suburban enclave believed to be located at the southeastern boundary of Akron, though the actual side of which remains in dispute. Founded in 1918 as a spin-off of Springfield Township, Ellet was to be an independent community, but was totally overwhelmed by the population influx initiated by Akron's booming Rubber Industry during the 1920s. As an unincorporated community that could not meet demand for city services, Ellet sought a rather unconventional move for a suburb -- annexation to the rapidly urbanizing city of Akron, which took place in 1929.more...
Although present day Ellet is technically a part of Akron, it continues to rather jealously guard its identity and small-town suburban character, and as a result bears little resemblance to any other part of the eastern side of town, and even most other area suburbs. Ellet has been more successful than much of the rest of suburbia at fending off numerous attempted invasions by McMansion developers and strip mall retail (please see the "Montrose Effect"), though it has lost several decisive McMansion