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.
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.
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
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
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.
Michigan's last two producing Upper Peninsula iron ore mines hang by a thread, as slumping ore prices cripple the industry
The story of one immigrant family, common in this region, is four generations deep
Experts say the key to rebuilding trust is skilled crisis management, but that’s not happening in Flint, at least not yet.
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.
A national study finds rising death rates for midlife whites without a college education, even as mortality rates for other groups fall. So it is in Michigan, with stress and poor health leading to drug and alcohol overdoses and suicide.
Flint has seen roughly 30 percent of its blighted homes demolished since 2014, exceeding the city’s goals when it received federal funds to fight blight.
Cities are turning to this perennial plant as a low-mow solution for maintaining abandoned or vacant properties.
Medicaid expansion and innovative programs are giving more low-income Michigan children a shot at healthy dental care. But access still lags in some rural and urban areas, and impoverished adults continue to suffer from lack of preventative care after years of uncertain funding.
Concern over fluoride’s effect on the human body – and some anti-government sentiment – is forcing dentists and scientists to defend the longstanding practice of putting fluoride in water systems to improve dental health.
The state is on the front lines of detecting head injuries. Yet Bridge found that Michigan allows high school football teams anywhere from four to six times as much full-contact hitting at practices as states like Ohio, Alabama and Texas.
A lawsuit claims that youth football led to brain damage and the suicide at age 25 of an Upper Peninsula football player.
With new legislation on the horizon, advocates for expanded practice rights for highly trained nurses say the move would lower costs and improve access to health care, particularly in rural Michigan.
In this rural Upper Peninsula family, one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two opinions on giving some nurses more autonomy to treat patients.
Should a law that protects rural farmers also allow urban farmers to raise goats in city neighborhoods?