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.


Toxic chemical spill? Wait for our fax.

October 31, 2017 | Chad Selweski

News of an industrial spill from Canada’s Chemical Valley can take a long, bizarre path before Michigan towns learn of poisoned waters.

New findings suggest serious threat to Great Lakes fish from, yes, Prozac

September 12, 2017 | Ron Meador

Antidepressants and other drugs are finding their way into fish and affecting their behavior.

Trump’s DACA reversal a nightmare to this west Michigan ‘dreamer’

September 5, 2017 | Ron French

Wilfredo Diaz came to America when he was 9. At 22, he may have to return to Guatemala because of a decision made by President Trump.

Mastodon teeth and iron lungs? Just another day at this Grand Rapids school (slideshow)

September 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School’s innovative approach to interactive learning was recognized with a $10 million innovation grant from Steve Jobs’ widow.

Upper Peninsula population plummets. One family’s struggle shows why.

August 31, 2017 | Ron French

Northern Michigan counties are losing residents at a startling rate. Jobs are scarce. And so is hope among some.

See how population is changing in your Michigan county (interactive map)

August 31, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

After lost decade, state sees slow growth. Check out how your county is faring with this interactive map.

A crusading attorney helped free a man framed for murder. They both ended up dead.

August 15, 2017 | Ron French

Leaving prison was supposed to make everything better. It was only the beginning of the troubles for an unlikely pair.

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.