Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson joins us from the Detroit News as Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. Mike performed a similar role at the News, where his work showed, for instance, that just under half of all Detroit property owners paid their annual tax bills. He was also part of a team at The Blade of Toledo that won national honors, including the National Headliner and Gerald Loeb awards, for exposing widespread political corruption in a scandal that came to be known as Coingate. The stories led to political reform in Ohio state government. You can reach Mike via email at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com or call him at 313-815-7068.

Articles

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

May 2, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.

Interactive map: See how districts are drawn in YOUR community

April 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

How gerrymandered are YOUR political districts? Check our maps.

Interactive map: See how many are on disability in YOUR community

April 11, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Across the northern Lower Peninsula, high poverty and unemployment often are accompanied by high rates of residents receiving disability checks.

Interactive map: What political bubble do you live in?

April 6, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Bridge creates Michigan’s first precinct-level map showing how your neighborhood or community voted in the presidential election.

That Detroit rarity: a home mortgage

March 30, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Can you call it a comeback if mortgages are only written in a few communities? Several years into a downtown recovery, neighborhood mortgage lending remains “pathetic.”

Check out Michigan’s hottest residential markets

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Homes in these cities now exceed 2008 property values, even as much of the rest of the state still recovers from the Great Recession

Farmland prices soar in Michigan

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Rising crop prices fueled a surge in land values, and larger investments in Michigan farms

Michigan property values remain dramatically below 2008 levels

March 20, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 90 percent of Michigan residents live in communities where property values have yet to return to 2008 levels. Can the hardest hit cities and towns recover?

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