Novi is a home rule city located in Oakland County, Michigan, in the Detroit metropolitan area, approximately 25 miles from the center of Detroit. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 47,386. The city is located within the boundaries of the geographic Township of Novi. The City of Novi and Novi Township are separate governmental units.
Novi is one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan. The construction of Twelve Oaks Mall in the mid-1970s at the interchange of Novi Road and I-96 is often credited with ushering in the growth that the city experiences today. In actuality, the city has experienced almost constant growth since the 1950s. This growth has led to an explosion in the city's population and countless residential, commercial and industrial developments around the city.
Most of the farmland and open spaces that dominated the city in the mid-20th Century have been lost to development. The exceptions include the Tollgate Farm located at the intersection of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. This farmstead is currently operated by Michigan State University as an agricultural extension. Another prominent natural area is the North Novi Park located between Walled Lake and Twelve Mile Road, west of Novi Road. While portions of the park were turned over to a developer to settle a lawsuit, it still remains one of the largest municipal parks in southeast Michigan.
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