Planners stalled on outdoor dining ordinance

After almost a year of study and discussions, the Birmingham Planning Board failed to come to a consensus on a newly-written ordinance on extended year-round outdoor dining standards at their meeting on Wednesday, May 11, with a motion failing 3-4, and board chair Scott Clein declaring the item closed until it can be brought back. >>>

Luxury apartment building on Adams approved

The Birmingham Planning Board approved the final site plan and design review for a 157-unit luxury apartment building reaching up to six floors at 770 S. Adams in Birmingham’s Triangle District at their meeting on Wednesday, May 11. >>>

Markus to helm new city manager search

The Birmingham City Commission unanimously agreed to have current city manager Tom Markus perform a local, regional and national search for a new city manager at their meeting on Monday, May 9, as his contract with the city will expire in July 2023. >>>


Racist assignment given out at Roeper School

A biology teacher gave out an assignment earlier this month to students at The Roeper School's Upper School titled 'introduction to primates,' which included a photograph of former President Barack Obama. >>>

public safety

Man caught placing phone to eavesdrop at salon

Birmingham police arrested a man for eavesdropping at Bianchi Salon, 270 N. Old Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, after they received a call around 5:15 on Tuesday, May 10, on a report of a suspicious incident and individual. >>>

9Bot scooter stolen from parking structure

A youth reported her 9Bot scooter, valued at approximately $1,000, was stolen from Birmingham's Park Street parking structure around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, May 13. >>>

Gas station reports problems with teens stealing

The owner of the Mobil Gas Station at 1100 Maple Road in Birmingham reported to police he has been having ongoing issues with teenagers stealing items from the store, with a teen girl stealing a Tide To Go pen on Friday, May 13. >>>

Downtown Support Campaign

Downtown Newsmagazine has launched a membership campaign for donations to the publication to allow us to remain strong and grow while still remaining free to most homes in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. Publisher David Hohendorf’s letter to the local community explains the background on the membership effort. >>>

longform features


Tree preservation efforts in local communities

The next time you find yourself in a wooded area, or step beneath the shade of a mature neighborhood tree on a hot summer’s day, observe the change. The air feels instantly cooler and cleaner, and there may even be a breeze. >>>


Mental health experts join in police response

Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence was more troubled about the situation in his community than in all of his 37 years in law enforcement – and as he spoke to his fellow law enforcement leaders in neighboring communities, he knew they were experiencing similar problems, where too many police calls were those involving mental health issues. Many of the calls for help were from the same people, at the same addresses – “frequent flyers,” in their parlance. Rather than assisting, Clemence and many local officers felt helpless at their inability to provide relief and support to those in need. >>>

oakland confidential


Hard to believe – the filing deadline for the 2022 election has just passed but in some circles the speculation about the 2026 (yes, 2026) gubernatorial election has already started. Although anything of this nature could change in the next several years, the chitchat now has it that Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, a Democrat, is looking down the road at running for governor of Michigan. >>>

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