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

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.

Interactive map: Vaccination rates across Michigan

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Click on a county to see how rates changed overall and in public and private schools.

Bridge asked readers to swap news sources for a week. The world answered. (slideshow)

May 16, 2017 | Ron French

It wasn’t always comfortable. But more than 200 brave souls from around the country (and six nations) switched to news feeds with a different political viewpoint. A few have yet to switch back.

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.

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