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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.

Mapping Detroit's farmers market landscape

Data: Detroit Community Markets; Chart: Nicki Camberg/Axios

Farmers markets are opening for the season with veggies, fruit and handmade goods.

Why it matters: Places where you can get fresh, local produce without leaving the city also serve other purposes.

Celebrate Juneteenth this weekend

Photo illustration of a person holding up a banner that reads "Juneteenth," a pair of folded hands, and a hundred dollar bill
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Corbis, Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Last year, Juneteenth became the 11th federal holiday.

Flashback: June 19, 1865 was the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas received the news Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier.

3 private pools to rent near Detroit starting at $54 an hour

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Escape this intense heat with private swimming spots listed on pool-sharing company Swimply.

How it works: Pool owners can list their pools for chunks of time, just like homeowners list their properties on Airbnb.

Where to ride, Detroit?

Axios reporter Samuel Robinson poses on his bike
Axios reporter Samuel Robinson poses on his bike. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey, ya'll. Sam here. I finally got a new bike!

  • Well, it's an old bike โ€” a royal blue Schwinn Super Sport from the '70s I found on Craigslist for $30. It's pretty sweet.

How and where to celebrate Pride Month

A Pride flag blows in the wind in Detroit in front of a high-rise building.
A Pride flag downtown. Photo courtesy of the Detroit government via Flickr

๐Ÿ‘‹ Annalise here. There's much to do in metro Detroit during Pride Month โ€” here's some ideas to start you off.

Free movie stand near Eastern Market doubles as creative hub

Danny Gianino peers inside the Blockbuster stand
Danny Gianino peers inside the Blockbuster stand at 3434 Russell St. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

The city's only free "Blockbuster" stand is a hit among movie buffs.

Why it matters: The blue and yellow "take a movie, leave a movie" box has become a coveted spot.

Local tips and tricks for gardening in Michigan

A burgeoning tomato plant
Behold โ€” a burgeoning tomato plant. Photo: Everett Cook/Axios

I recently asked for gardening tips as a first-time homeowner and friends, you did not disappoint.

  • We got emails about basil, an easy-to-grow complement for tomatoes (reader John D.), and pest-repelling, edible marigolds (Heidi). There were warnings about massive squirrels (Christy Maier) and our persnickety frost zone (Micheline Maynard).

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