The city of Detroit requires business owners running an arcade to obtain a license costing $863 — or 3,452 quarters — each year. A search of business and occupational licensing in other cities turns up no other example of licensure mandates for arcades in Michigan.

Detroit requires more licenses than any city in the state, calling for special licenses for at least 60 different professions and nearly 200 different types of businesses.

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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