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The Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church will overlook East Grand Traverse Bay in Acme Township.
Father Ciprian Streza

Northern Michigan will soon have its first permanent Greek Orthodox church. The Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church started construction last week on property in Acme Township.

Turning an old highway into a "pop-up forest"

Jul 25, 2017

Many cities in the Rust Belt are still shrinking, because people continue to move away. Some have lost so many people, that highways are unneeded, and being removed.

In one Midwestern city, what’s being constructed (at least, temporarily) is giving some people hope for the future of its downtown.

The Next Idea

Michigan and other states are having an increasingly hard time finding qualified people to work in construction. The perception that construction careers are dirty, hard, and dangerous plays a big part in the labor shortage.

Brindley Byrd, executive director of the Michigan Construction Foundation, wants to help people find careers in construction by marketing the Michigan Construction "brand" and connecting people to resources like educational training programs.

Morgan Springer

Last month, a crane tipped over at a large construction project at St. Marys Cement Plant in Charlevoix. No one was hurt, but a disagreement has unfolded between people who think the incident is a fluke and people who say it’s one of many safety issues.

Aaron Selbig

There’s a new plan to fix Division Street in Traverse City. The street has long been considered one of the most dangerous routes in northern Michigan, especially for people walking or biking.

Four years ago, voters agreed to give up some city park land for the project. Now the plan is in the hands of the city commission.

Traverse City Commissioner Gary Howe says the section of the road between 14th Street and the bay is confusing and dangerous.

Michigan isn’t alone in the struggle to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given America's infrastructure a grade of "D" based on years of underfunding and delayed maintenance.

Victor Li may have the key to solving this nationwide struggle.

Aaron Selbig

As Michigan continues to dig its way out of an economic recession, employers are looking for workers. But in skilled trades like construction and manufacturing, the next generation of workers has yet to come forward.

“Now it’s a situation where the economy’s turned around, there’s a lot of building going on and there’s more work than there is workers,” said Chris Webb, general manager of Team Bob’s Plumbing and Heating in Traverse City.

Paul Wilkinson

An extremely tight rental housing market in the Grand Traverse area is a big problem that’s getting worse.

Landlords report receiving 30 or more applications for a single rental unit and scams are popping up on Craigslist to take advantage of desperate renters.

The issue has local leaders searching for solutions.

A possible solution in Suttons Bay

Doug Kerr / Flickr

A popular road into Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore could experience delays all summer. The Michigan Department of Transportation is replacing a bridge along M-22 in Benzie County. 

An average of 2,000 people use the bridge daily. 

James Lake is with MDOT.

"We’re going to have one lane open at all times," he says. "And we’ve got traffic alternating with the temporary traffic signal. While you may have to wait for that signal to clear, it should be a delay of more than five, 10 minutes at the most."