The Ashby Row neighborhood is the smallest sub-neighborhood in Midtown. It spans from the 300 block of Grand NE to the back lots of Union (abutting Heritage Hill), between the 600 block of Lyon NE and Michigan streets.
Ashby Row contains an eclectic mix of modest housing from the mid to late 1800′s to the 1930′s, with styles including late Victorian, Foursquares, and bungalows, including some kit homes.
This neighborhood takes its name from a former resident, the late Jack Ashby, and his family, who resided in their home for three generations. After Jack Ashby was stricken with Polio, the Ashby family founded the now defunct Grand Rapids Handicap Club, and were otherwise very active in the community.
Ashby Row still boasts at least one third generation homeowner. Its residents are proud of the diversity in their neighborhood. Says one resident, “It’s the best place on earth.”