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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.
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.

Open Roads

Big changes at Open Roads and some big shoes to fill

Open Roads' new home of its own keeps the program moving forward, opens new options.

Todd Espeland

At The Civic: 'We're creating something bigger than ourselves'

The Civic's new artistic director is thrilled with the possibilities ahead.

Riverview Launch

Community rallies around Riverview Launch project

At Riverview Launch, a once blighted piece of property is becoming a hub for bicyclists, boaters, and more. A celebration is planned.

The Stryker property

Donation of 22 acres of land goes to Kalamazoo Nature Center

In the city there will be a place that people can walk and bike to and be reminded of the importance of nature.

A K4J protest

Kalamazoo 4 Justice: Envisioning a community where the promise of equality is guaranteed

Kalamazoo 4 Justice acts in solidarity with the national Black Lives Matter movement. Here's what they're working toward.

Mounted Police and their horses

Public sees the human side of police in the Mounted Division

What weighs between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds, is afraid of anything that's new to it, and yet has a great temperament for policing large groups of people? Correspondent Marin Heinritz has the answer.

Common Ground

'Common Ground' tells story of African American art

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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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