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