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

Hunting for Asian carp by what they left behind

June 5, 2014 | Eric Sharp

A new form of DNA allows scientists pick up the trail of the invasive species from the slime or waste detected in water samples.

For-profits gobbling up community hospitals in Michigan

March 18, 2014 | Julie Edgar

Nonprofit community hospitals, once a backbone of civic life, are increasingly selling out as health care changes make survival difficult. For-profits bring infusions of cash to hospitals and communities, but also concerns about costs.

Michigan hospitals – Who owns what

March 18, 2014 | Julie Edgar

Keeping a tally of the changing hospital landscape in Michigan: At least a dozen community hospitals in Michigan have been purchased since 2010 by larger health systems

Hospital consolidations tend to raise prices, change priorities, studies find

March 18, 2014 | Julie Edgar

Competition among hospitals tends to keep medical prices down. Other studies find that for-profit hospitals tend to invest more in services that make more money.

Downhill run for Sugar Loaf: Property decays and owners dither

February 26, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

Since its closing in 2000, the iconic Leelanau ski resort has been a case study on how to turn a magnificent property into a rotting, unsellable eyesore.

Community groups try, and fail, to reopen Sugar Loaf

February 26, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

Hearts are in the right place, but missteps dog efforts to sell the scenic resort.

How to run a profitable ski resort? Think summer, too

February 26, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

A beautiful mountain is no longer enough to keep a ski resort in business in Michigan. Successful resorts include facilities and attractions to keep tourists coming year-round.

Michigan’s toxic fish face long recovery, state finds

February 10, 2014 | Jeff Alexander

The state’s plan to reduce mercury and PCBs to safe levels in Michigan fish could take a half century, according to preliminary state documents obtained by Bridge.

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