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

Cancer diagnosis brings clarity to one Trump voter

April 18, 2017 | Jacob Wheeler, Ron French

In Harbor Springs, Cynthia Shafer battles illness and political assumptions

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.

A conservative and two liberals swapped news feeds. It didn’t end well.

April 6, 2017 | Ron French

The “un-American” New York Times and the “nightmare” Drudge Report: A Troy conservative and two Ann Arbor liberals discover just how wide the news divide has become.

Take two hits of Maui Wowie and call me in the morning: Baby boomers in the age of medical marijuana

March 14, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Bad knees and all, a Bridge writer joins the middle-aged rush to marijuana dispensaries across Michigan

Pupusas, locked doors, and a return to the shadows for one undocumented family

March 7, 2017 | Pat Shellenbarger

They’ve been called bad hombres and job stealers. Wilfredo Diaz and his family say they just want to be called Americans.

Amid strikes and spares, Muslim nervousness that the game has changed

February 9, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Four couples, two lanes, 10 frames – when the president makes you feel unwelcome, sometimes you just have to go bowling.

Meet Michigan's divided: Hussein and Mariam Charara

January 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Meet Hussein and Mariam Charara, from Dearborn.

Meet Michigan's divided: John Hulett

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet John Hulett, from Sunfield, 25 miles west of Lansing.

Meet Michigan's divided: Wilfredo Diaz

January 24, 2017 | Pat Shellenbarger

Meet Wilfredo Diaz, from Wyoming, Mich.

Meet Michigan's divided: Cynthia Shafer

January 24, 2017 | Jacob Wheeler

Meet Cynthia Shafer, from Harbor Springs.

Meet Michigan's divided: Asandi Conner

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Asandi Conner, from Detroit.

Meet Michigan's divided: Ben Shomo

January 24, 2017 | Jacob Wheeler

Meet Ben Shomo, from Traverse City.

About the project “Michigan Divided”

January 24, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Bridge is following 11 Michigan people and families throughout 2017 to try to pierce the bubbles in which they, and the rest of us, live. 

Meet Michigan's divided

January 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Pat Shellenbarger, Jacob Wheeler

Can 11 passionate Michigan residents and families reach across the political and cultural chasms that too often divide our state?

An election. An inauguration. A divided state.

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

The gulf between us is bigger than ever. How do we find common ground?

Meet Michigan's divided: Dave and Sherri Frohriep

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Dave and Sherri Frohreip from Newberry, in the U.P.

Meet Michigan's divided: Aric Knuth and Jim Leija

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Aric Knuth and Jim Leija, from Ann Arbor.

Meet Michigan's divided: Tom Herbon

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Tom Herbon, from Troy.

Meet Michigan's divided: Lisa King

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Lisa King, from East Lansing.

Meet Michigan's divided: Ron Price

January 24, 2017 | Pat Shellenbarger

Meet Ron Price, from Holland.

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