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This is what can perhaps be termed the main quad of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This campus is a sister campus to the main University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, 70 km away.

This campus was familiar to me before the one in Ann Arbor since this is in my home town and I attended it briefly before transferring. In my experience of the two places this campus has a much more pleasant atmosphere than the one in Ann Arbor, though the architecture may be less impressive. It has a greater centralized plan and organization. This is because the Ann Arbor campus is integrated with the city around it while this is separated from the surrounding city.

It occupies land donated by Ford that was once the estate of Henry Ford's Fairlane Mansion and so is surrounded and penetrated by natural settings. The architecture that pervades here is a low and subdued kind that does not overpower the nature around it. And greenery is everywhere. It is also a "commuter campus" meaning there is no on campus housing. This was a university built in the age of the automobile. This pond with fountains gives an idea of the atmosphere here.

The following link gives an idea of just a tiny part of the Ann Arbor campus.
Path to Education

And my travelogue of the
Henry Ford Estate gives an idea of the land around this campus.

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