Paczki, Pot And Passenger Trains: A Daily Detroit Mardi Gras Edition Podcast

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If you like listening to people eating telling stories over a box of paczki, this episode is for you. Because it’s Fat Tuesday, and that can only mean two things here in Detroit: jelly-filled paczki and drinking.

We also discuss an interesting report in the Freep that looks at Amtrak ridership in Michigan. Turns out, we have the worst on-time rates of any state that Amtrak serves, just 33%. And keep in mind, Amtrak defines “on-time” as anything within 29 minutes of the scheduled arrival. Amtrak is up for its five-year funding this year and wants supporters to contact its representatives in Congress to help with a fix.

Also on the show, we talk about Mayor Mike Duggan’s proposal to require that half of all recreational marijuana licenses awarded in Detroit go to city residents. The City Council has enacted a temporary ban on awarding licenses through March 31 while they develop an ordinance aimed at giving city residents more of a shot at cashing in on the new legal weed industry. We discuss.

And finally, paczki, along with stories of braving long lines outside Polish bakeries in Hamtrack to get them. Thanks for listening.

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