Darren A. Nichols

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Pontiac thought it could handle marijuana. It’s caused confusion and delays.

Pontiac thought it could handle marijuana. It’s caused confusion and delays.

November 25, 2019 | Darren A. Nichols

More than a year after Pontiac voters approved medical marijuana businesses, investors are still waiting as politicians squabble. The delays could be a cautionary tale as retail recreational pot becomes legal in Michigan on Dec. 1.

Can Detroit businesses survive city’s push for walkable neighborhoods?

Can Detroit businesses survive city’s push for walkable neighborhoods?

October 17, 2019 | Darren A. Nichols

Mayor Mike Duggan wants to make seven neighborhoods more walkable. But the first project, along the Avenue of Fashion, is months behind schedule and businesses are closing.