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With such a recognizable moniker you'd think Kalamazoo wouldn't need nicknames, but through the years changing names have reflected the city's refusal to stand still. The Zoo, Celery City and Mall City are a few. The innovative thinking that brought downtown Kazoo the nation's first pedestrian mall in 1959 thrives today. Innovations in life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals combined with the expertise of Kalamazoo's universities - Western Michigan, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport College - make the city a center of research, development and technology. It's all part of an eclectic, vibrant city with a cultural scene that Kalamazooans love to boast about. The Kalamazoo Symphony, Kalamazoo Institute of Art and scrappy local theater companies are a few of the offerings. Locals love their festivals, many at the Arcadia Festival grounds, and their outdoors, whether it's taking to the Kalamazoo River or biking the Kal-Haven trail or golfing at the nationally-acclaimed Milham Park course. The city's sports fans have competitive college teams, minor league baseball and hockey to follow. And it all comes with a Promise. All high school graduates who live in Kalamazoo qualify for scholarships at any public university or community college.
Raising awareness of racism

SHARE: Exploring Kalamazoo's history with racism in order to heal

Like much of America, Kalamazoo has a troubled past when it comes to race and that bleeds into its present and future. The Kalamazoo Summit on Racism will explore the stories of Kalamazoo's past as a springboard for conversation about race and racism and the impact that this history has on our community.


4 local spirit makers distill what's new in their businesses

Nationwide, the number of small distilleries grew from 92 in 2010 to more than 700 in 2014. That kind of growth is starting to be seen regionally as well. Jeremy Martin has an update on what’s the latest with local spirit makers and those who plan to distill their first batch soon.


Gloria Steinem packs Miller, sends crowd home inspired

Gloria Steinem's Kalamazoo visit brings back local memories and a reminder that her leadership in the feminist movement is still as relevant as ever.

People's Food Co-op

People's Food Co-op continues to transform the local food scene

Local food is a big deal in Kalamazoo. People's Food Co-op helped make it that way. The co-op celebrates 45 years in business this year.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Does equity begin when we ask why we do the inequitable?

With two standing ovations, Kalamazoo responded warmly to Ta-Nehisi Coates explanation of the importance of asking 'why' to things that perpetuate inequity. 


Students ready to find their voices as they learn of great writers

Laura Henderson is on a mission to find the future writers of America. Along the way, they'll learn about writers of many races and a measure of social justice.

The artists: Sarah Mueller, Maleeha Elsadr, Jenna Para, Tamara Hirzel, and Abbie Nelson

Artists build their creative skills in new KIA program

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is giving artist a chance to hone their skills. The first five are already at work.

Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood Attacks: When stigma and shame define women's healthcare

As legislators in the nation's capital scrap over the $500 million in federal funds that represents 40 percent of the monies that keep Planned Parenthood in business, local women talk about their gratitude for the variety of services they receive there. 


Remembering 30 years of growing Bell's to the brewery it is today

Bell's is planning a 30th-anniversary party to top all parties. With at least 90 different brewers invited, beer lovers will have a chance to taste brews that may have never before come their way. Before the kegs are tapped, we have a look back at Bell's early days and a look at what lies ahead.

Paw Paw Brewing Co.

Paw Paw redevelopment brings together craft beer, trails, recreation area

The Village of Paw Paw bought some neglected land where businesses had moved out. With some work, trails and a recreation area could propel new business there. It's already attracted an expanded Paw Paw Brewing Co.
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Local food offerings rise with opening of new bakery

Traditional Irish scones and cakes are just two of the goods that are attracting customers downtown to the new location of the Victorian Bakery, its first retail setting.

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The Solar Project

The largest solar array in Michigan sits in a field in Charleston Township, the result of a DIY project by a father and son and business partner team, whose company, Kalamazoo Solar LLC, sells the power back to Consumers Energy. But their ultimate goal is to manufacture complete solar arrays in Michigan--at a price individual consumers can afford.
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