Detroit’s 313 area code is one of the most known around the country. But it might not be the only area code representing the city soon.
The state of Michigan is apparently running out of 313 phone numbers. Who had that on their bingo card?
But don’t worry, a new area code is already in the works. The state wants to overlay code 679 for use in the city and some surrounding suburbs.
All phone numbers that have a 313 area code are projected to be exhausted in mid to late 2025 according to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“That will require applying a new area code that will cover the same geographic territory of the 313 area code, without splitting the current area code boundaries or requiring a change of numbers for existing phone users by moving existing 313 phones to a new area code. Rather, current 313 numbers will remain in place while new phone customers in the same territory may be assigned numbers with the 679 area code,” the commission stated.
There is a public hearing scheduled for March 9th to take public comment on the proposed new area code. So if you really feel that outraged over this you can take your complaints there.
The 313 area code covers several cities outside of Detroit including, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Redford Township, River Rouge, and Taylor.
Give it to the Burbs
I’m not from Detroit. I didn’t grow up in the city limits. Like many of you I do tell strangers I’m from Detroit when asked on vacation. It’s just easier.
But damn it 313 belongs to Detroit, we shouldn’t give it a sibling to share the city with. Let all those other cities use 679. There’s over a dozen of them.
I grew up in Redford, it’s nothing special. That place needs something to distinguish itself. Being one of the first cities to use the 679 area code would be good for it. Give it something to be proud of.
Side note, the co-creator of the scratch off ticket went to Redford Union High School. Shout out to my alma mater.
But Detroit shouldn’t have another area code. It wouldn’t feel right. I don’t care if they’re running out of numbers, figure it out.
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