Quality of Life

Michigan is a great place to live. Bridge will report that fact often — and on potential threats to the assets that make it so.

Articles

Fireworks, parades, and a partisan divide that won’t go away

July 11, 2017 | Ron French

The 2016 election exposed a gulf among Michigan residents. Bridge revisited 11 people and families we first profiled at Donald Trump’s inauguration to see if the past six months had changed their outlook. Both sides, it appears, are digging in.

Amid protests over Trump, Muslims and guns, two enemies in Kalkaska bond near a giant trout

June 29, 2017 | Ron French

The village president’s inflammatory Facebook posts leads to an evening standoff along the normally placid main street of Kalkaska. 

Message in a bottle: A Flint video story

June 22, 2017 | Al Lilly

Flint residents took to Lansing to deliver handwritten messages in water bottles to the governor. It’s the latest effort by residents to focus attention on poisoned water caused by government ineptitude.

The American Dream is fading everywhere, but almost nowhere faster than Michigan

May 25, 2017 | Ron French

For three generations, the odds of outearning your parents has dropped. Today, a young person’s odds of climbing higher than their parents are no better than a coin flip.

SLIDESHOW: Feel like you’re not earning as much as your parents? You’re probably right.

May 25, 2017 | Ron French

Your chances of living the American Dream – climbing higher up the economic ladder than your parents – used to be a sure thing. Times have changed, and not for the better.

In Bay City, Trump supporters march for jobs they are sure will come

May 25, 2017 | Ron French

How much of the political divide is an economic opportunity gap? In Bay City, which went twice for Obama, the focus is, as President Trump likes to say, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Interactive map: See population changes in YOUR community

May 25, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Census shows Michigan’s population woes aren’t distributed evenly. As Detroit withers, many of its suburbs are adding thousands. And while much of northern Michigan is shrinking in population, west Michigan is growing.

Should Michigan make it easier to opt out of school vaccines?

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

More kindergartners get their shots after the state made it harder to receive a waiver for them. Now, two lawmakers want to go back to the old system, but health officials say doing so is an invitation to trouble.

Database: Search vaccination rate of YOUR school

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Immunization rates have risen in Michigan after a rule change. Use this database to see how your school compares.

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