Joe Guillen
Sep 21, 2022 - News

Housing development connects Southwest with train depot

Developer Clifford Brown, center-right without a helmet, prepares to break ground with officials. Photo: Joe Guillen/Axios

A $23 million mixed-income development with 78 apartments and retail space broke ground in Southwest Detroit yesterday.

Why it matters: Developer Clifford Brown's project, called The Brooke on Bagley, represents progress in the city's efforts to include local Black developers in significant building initiatives.

Annalise Frank
Sep 15, 2022 - Business

The (Eastern) market for weed

The main Eastern Market shed, covered in red bricks, is shown.
Eastern Market. Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg, via Getty Images

Detroit is considering opening the historic Eastern Market district for cannabis businesses.

Why it matters: Detroiters voted overwhelmingly to legalize recreational weed in 2018. But there's still been some pushback when it comes to where sellers should be able to set up shop.

Council debates restaurant safety signage

Illustration of a traffic light with place setting shaped lights.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

City Council member Scott Benson isn't budging on his proposal to place colored placards in restaurant windows to indicate food safety code results.

Driving the news: The ordinance was referred to the council's public health and safety committee during yesterday's city council meeting.

Detroit's cannabis retail rollout back in action

Illustration of a piece of marijuana being held suspended by red tape, a hand holding a pair of scissors is about to snip the tape.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Detroit is closer to allowing recreational cannabis sales within its borders.

Why it matters: A judge dismissed two lawsuits Tuesday that sought to prove the city's equity-driven cannabis licensing ordinance was unfair.

Annalise Frank
Aug 30, 2022 - News

Economic indicators point to growth in Detroit — with caveats

Downtown Detroit is shown from the air.
Downtown Detroit. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Detroit's economy should continue recovering even as the risk of a potential national recession looms, local economists predict.

Driving the news: The University of Michigan and partners released a new 2021-27 economic outlook report for the city last week.

Joe Guillen
Aug 29, 2022 - News

Study: Marijuana legalization ➡️ increased consumption

Marijuana moving illustration
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Adults in states where weed is legal use it 24% more than in states where it's illegal.

Why it matters: While it seems obvious, a new study presents strong evidence that legalization causes increased use at a time when marijuana consumption is rising across the country.

Joe Guillen
Aug 22, 2022 - Business

Federal climate bill to boost local EV investment

Data: Center for Automotive Research; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios
Data: Center for Automotive Research; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Welcome to the new Battery Belt — a string of Rust Belt cities transitioning to an electric vehicle future along with areas of the Deep South.

Driving the news: The climate bill President Biden signed into law last week opens up tens of billions of dollars in subsidies for high-tech EV plants, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

FOIA Friday: End of Deadline's era

Illustration of an unlocked padlock made out of a manila folder.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

As the alt-news site Deadline Detroit prepares to shut down after more than a decade, co-founder Allan Lengel reflects with Axios on public records journalism over the years.

  • Welcome to this week's spotlight on the Freedom of Information Act, which allows citizens to access public data in the spirit of transparency.

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