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.

For-profits gobbling up community hospitals in Michigan

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.

Read more

Michigan hospitals – Who owns what

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

Read more

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

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.

Read more

Downhill run for Sugar Loaf: Property decays and owners dither

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.

Read more

Community groups try, and fail, to reopen Sugar Loaf

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

Read more

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

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.

Read more

Michigan’s toxic fish face long recovery, state finds

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.

Read more

Michigan rivers polluted by human, animal waste more than double previous estimates

Pathogen pollution in Michigan’s lakes and rivers – caused by human and animal waste draining into surface waters – is far more widespread than previously documented, according to new state data. The identification of rivers impaired by potentially harmful pathogens has more […]

Read more

Traverse City splits over festival fatigue

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 […]

Read more

Michael Moore: Traverse City and the Next Cool Thing

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 […]

Read more

Sleeping Bear goes from ‘most beautiful’ to ‘most crowded’

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 […]

Read more

Bike-share programs rolling out across Michigan

When people think of getting around Michigan, it’s safe to say that bicycles are not the first things that come to mind. But bicycles, and specifically the urban bike-rental programs known as bike sharing, are starting to bubble into the conversation in […]

Read more

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail rolls through “America’s Most Beautiful Place”

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the pinky finger of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is already a well-known destination for hiking, sunbathing and beholding the majestic vistas over Lake Michigan’s blue waters. It is also becoming a hot spot for bicyclists. This […]

Read more

How bike sharing works

Bike-share programs in a handful of Michigan cities each have their own rules, but most share a few common traits Bikes are available for rental by the hour, day or week. Bike-sharing participants generally get a discount by purchasing an annual membership, […]

Read more

Is bike sharing right for your community?

Bike-share programs are becoming more popular in communities across the world. What would make a bike share right for your city or town? Consider these factors: An active bicycling community, coupled with bike lanes or paths – Cyclists are often the first […]

Read more

Time for Michigan to drop the drumstick

Rob St. Mary was already traveling light when he moved to Colorado in March. He sold many of his belongings, including his car, packed his cats and a U-Haul, and set out from Detroit to a job at Aspen Public Radio. Just […]

Read more

Great Lakes state playing catch-up in effort to build water-based economy

Michigan may be the Great Lakes state, but its neighbors to the east and west are leading efforts to turn water-based technology, academic research and tourism into jobs and revenue. Milwaukee and the province of Ontario are well ahead of Michigan’s efforts […]

Read more

Fishing captains’ nerves rattled by Lake Michigan salmon catch

Chinook salmon have been the bread and butter of Lake Michigan’s sport fishing industry for nearly 50 years, but the popular fishery now faces many of the same threats that wiped out Lake Huron’s salmon fishery a decade ago. The similarities between […]

Read more

Invest in non-partisan journalism.

Donate to The Center for Michigan.Find out why.