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

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.

In possible swansong, Cabela’s celebrates northern Michigan

November 22, 2016 | Bob Campbell

Nine starstruck Michiganders were delighted to share covered bridges, barn doors and their own dashing good looks to promote this year’s holiday catalog for the iconic retailer, which recently announced its sale to a rival

How Cabela’s captured its Michigan fantasy photos

November 22, 2016 | Bridge Staff

The cult-like hunting and outdoors retailer chose idyllic settings across wintry Michigan for this year’s Christmas catalog. Here’s the story behind each one.

As deer hunting season opens, a fierce debate over using bait

November 17, 2016 | Kurt Kuban

Wildlife experts concerned about the spread of chronic wasting disease face off against more than a half-million deer hunters in Michigan. Money, as well as trophies, hang in the balance.

How Grand Rapids is prepping for the next big storm

September 1, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan, like most states, will have to spend billions on aging water infrastructure. But cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and even tiny Manistee are already dipping their toes into innovative projects to keep surging stormwater at bay.

Detroit banks on green infrastructure to rescue city from heavy rains

September 1, 2016 | Kurt Kuban

Severe storms have been a recurring disaster in basements across Detroit. The city’s drive to install rain gardens and other innovative infrastructure not only reduces flooding, but is far less expensive than adding more underground pipes

How to take wildlife photos like a boss this summer

May 3, 2016 | Eric Sharp

Legendary outdoors writer Eric Sharp shows you how to capture that eagle, moose, or other wonder of nature without spending a fortune on camera gear

Threat of environmental injustice extends beyond Flint

April 14, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Whether it’s lead paint in older homes, airborne pollutants from factories, or the everyday stress of life on the margins, poor and minority communities in Michigan too often bear the brunt of environmental peril.

Mining’s last stand? A UP way of life is threatened

February 18, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's last two producing Upper Peninsula iron ore mines hang by a thread, as slumping ore prices cripple the industry

From Italy to the UP: A mining family album

February 18, 2016 | Ted Roelofs

The story of one immigrant family, common in this region, is four generations deep

Empathy, action, truth: How crisis communications might save Flint

February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Experts say the key to rebuilding trust is skilled crisis management, but that’s not happening in Flint, at least not yet.

Pit bulls versus everybody. Should they be banned?

January 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

In the aftermath of two grisly deaths, some cities defend laws restricting pit bulls, even as a bill in Lansing would strip local governments from being able to ban specific breeds.

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