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.

The fish that got away

Have plankton-devouring Asian carp finally reached the Great Lakes? After years of trying to block the invasion, the answer is: Nobody knows. Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs another $18 billion to cut the carp’s march up the Mississippi.

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Asian carp, from mouth to tail

Where they come from, what they do, and how they threaten the ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

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Hunting for Asian carp by what they left behind

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Community groups try, and fail, to reopen Sugar Loaf

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

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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