FOIA Friday: Olympia parking maze

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

👋 We're back with our regularly scheduled public records feature. This week, we're seeking city emails to shed light on mysterious parking tickets issued by one of Detroit's biggest developers.

How it started: Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer wrote in March about a theatergoer who paid $20 for a spot in Olympia Development's parking lot, only to find a $50 ticket on his truck after the show.

Samuel Robinson
Jun 30, 2022 - News

Visitors open wallets for Michigan's national parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo: William Frank for Axios

More than 3 million visitors to Michigan's national park lands spent $294 million in 2021.

  • That's more than what visitors spent at national parks, historic sites, historic trails and other units of the National Park Service in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana combined, NPS data shows.
Annalise Frank
Jun 30, 2022 - News

Don't expect easy air travel from DTW this summer

Illustration of a travel postcard with an airplane appearing in the text of a scream.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Detroit Metro Airport is having a chaotic summer — and it's likely to get worse.

Driving the news: Delta, which has a major hub at DTW, delayed 19% of flights going through DTW on Monday and 14% on Tuesday, according to

Joe Guillen
Jun 29, 2022 - News

Gilbert struggles to win support for tax break

Rendering of Hudson's site development downtown
Hudson's site. Rendering courtesy of Bedrock

Billionaire Dan Gilbert doesn't have enough City Council support to pass a $60 million tax break for his Hudson's site development downtown.

  • A vote was expected yesterday, but Bedrock, Gilbert's development company, asked for the tax break to be taken off the council's agenda.
  • There is no timeline for a future vote, and Bedrock will continue lobbying for votes in the meantime.
Samuel Robinson
Jun 29, 2022 - News

Ballot initiative moves to forefront of Michigan's abortion fight

Abortion advocates march through downtown with chants calling for the end to the 1931 abortion ban.
Abortion advocates marching through downtown over the weekend. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Abortion rights in Michigan may come down to the ballot.

Why it matters: Uncertainty remains about the impending legality of abortion care in Michigan following the reversal of Roe v. Wade and an injunction against the state's long-dormant 1931 abortion ban.

Joe Guillen
Jun 28, 2022 - News

Michigan Starbucks workers overwhelmingly favor unions

Data: National Labor Relations Board; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Starbucks workers have overwhelmingly voted to support union representation at Michigan stores this year.

Why it matters: The national labor movement is now sweeping across Starbucks stores and other coffee shops in Detroit and across the state.

Maxwell Millington
Jun 28, 2022 - News

Detroit homebuilding lags among U.S. metros

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Metro Detroit ranks near the bottom nationally when it comes to building new homes.

What they found: Our metro area had 2.9 single-family building permits per 10,000 people in the first quarter of 2022, per the latest analysis from real estate company Redfin.

Samuel Robinson
Jun 27, 2022 - News

Abortion remains legal in Michigan — for now

Abortion advocates march through Greektown
Abortion advocates march through Greektown hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Samuel Robinson/Axios

A temporary injunction against the state's long-dormant 1931 law criminalizing abortion is keeping the procedure legal in Michigan for now.


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