9 August 2016 • 47 comments
The city’s downtown stores are shuttering. While some hope for a shift to a tourism-based economy, a port project is betting on new industry.
9 June 2016 • 1 comment
A human trafficking court in Washtenaw County is dispensing with assembly line prosecution of prostitutes. Instead, the court identifies whether women have been coerced into the sex trade, and offers them services to begin a new life.
24 May 2016 • 15 comments
Latino immigrants, including some in the U.S. illegally, were among the last to know about lead in Flint’s water. What is the state’s duty to help hard-to-find residents?
2 June 2015 • 22 comments
The anti-immigration protests last summer in Vassar have given way to the more mundane process of placing nearly 200 unaccompanied minors with relatives or foster families. Michigan remains one of the nation’s most welcoming states.
2 June 2015
As residents flee rural areas in Michigan and across the country, Hispanic workers are becoming an even greater force in agricultural production. Nearly 3-in-10 Michigan farms are now owned by non-U.S. citizens.
22 May 2014 • 21 comments
Proposed rules require more testing around drilling sites and disclosure of the chemicals used by energy companies. Environmentalists call the rules a step forward, but not nearly enough to protect Michigan waters and public health.
22 May 2014 • 7 comments
A conservation group squares off against Encana over frack drilling near a Michigan fly fishing haven.
20 May 2014 • 32 comments
Michigan has seen explosive growth in hydraulic fracturing, bringing a mix of high-paying jobs and environmental and health concerns to rural communities.
20 May 2014 • 4 comments
Oil and gas field workers average $64,000 in Kalkaska County, a region where unemployment still tops 10 percent.
20 May 2014 • 2 comments
One indelible image related to hydraulic fracturing – that of a homeowner setting his own water on fire – has dogged the fracking industry since the release of “Gasland,” a documentary.
20 May 2014 • 12 comments
Fracking’s economic benefits are weighed against the potential risks to Michigan’s environment and public health.
26 February 2014 • 24 comments
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.
26 February 2014 • 2 comments
Hearts are in the right place, but missteps dog efforts to sell the scenic resort.
26 February 2014 • 1 comment
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.
19 January 2014 • 27 comments
On a cold night in mid-December, Front Street in Traverse City resembles a university town on football game day. It is Men’s Night, an annual pre-Christmas shopping event when downtown stores stay open late, serve alcohol and appetizers, and entice young men […]
19 January 2014 • 8 comments
Bridge recently asked Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, founder of the nonprofit Traverse City Film Festival, to talk about the city’s thriving arts scene, some local complaints of festival fatigue, and what the region needs next. Bridge Magazine: When you look around Traverse […]
19 January 2014 • 6 comments
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was honored by Good Morning America as the “Most beautiful place in America” in the fall of 2011. The results for nearby Glen Arbor that autumn and the following summer were striking, as both the village […]