Each day, Michigan is made a better place to live through the efforts — large and small — of private citizens and public servants. Bridge will feature those inspiring stories.


A small-town Michigan newspaper said goodbye. Then readers stepped in.

October 5, 2017 | Jack Nissen

How one town saved its local paper with $5 and $10 checks. Could other communities do the same?

Half a world away from the Middle East, a reporter finds black gold

December 15, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Some of the best journalism on Iraq’s oil industry comes out of a company based in Kalamazoo. That’s right.

Bullets over Cleveland?

July 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

One Michigan entrepreneur, a purveyor of online sex toys, is selling bargain-priced bulletproof vests to folks attending the Republican National Convention this week.

For inspirational homeless student, graduation day

April 26, 2016 | Ron French

Ramone Williams completes his journey for a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Now he must find a job

Bringing high school students to the floor of the state Capitol

January 12, 2016 | Greg Kearns

The Michigan Student Caucus program allows students to debate and address real-world issues that affect young people and present solutions to the Michigan Legislature.

How one plucky Michigan town is rebuilding its housing market

November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Land banks were conceived to help counties stabilize property values in a changing economy. But Oakland County doesn’t have a land bank. So tiny Hazel Park essentially created its own, and is beginning to reap the benefits.

What’s so good about land banks? A Q&A

November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Want to take a chance on a piece of property the last owner couldn’t handle?

Kalamazoo - the city that runs

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Borgess Run Camp in Kalamazoo has persuaded more than a thousand out-of-shape residents to hit the streets

Three tips for getting your community off the couch

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Grand Rapids is following the Borgess model to get its residents running. Follow these guidelines and your city can do the same.

Postcard: How a git-’er-done spirit helps one rural school district

February 17, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Every school bus that stays on the road represents more money for the classroom at Inland Lakes Schools. The district’s mechanic is onboard. Plus, three more looks at life Up North too complicated to fit on a postcard.

Lansing bank president breaks barriers, restores profits

June 3, 2014 | Trevor W. Coleman

Paula Cunningham helped revive Lansing’s Capitol National Bank after the Great Recession, while changing perceptions about what a banking leader should look like.

Bank president looking out for next generation

June 3, 2014 | Trevor W. Coleman

Paula Cunningham has impressed Lansing leaders with her quiet efforts to mentor African-American children in the community.

Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

April 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.