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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.
Grace Lubwama CEO, YWCA

Starting a conversation about keeping babies alive

Why is the infant mortality rate for black babies higher than those of white babies in Kalamazoo? Grace Lubwama, the new chief executive officer at Kalamazoo's YWCA will be working on bringing those numbers down.

Green Brewer

Green practices just make sense for growing number of craft brewers

Making beer can be a green endeavor. Local brewers are proving it. 

Amanda Ziemba, MT-BC reviews data from wrist sensor

BRAIN Lab: Putting scholarship and hearts in the right place

Together experts in occupational therapy, psychology, social work, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biological sciences, and medicine neurology and music therapy are learning how music can help those with neurological disorders. 

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan at Miller Auditorium ties lack of home cooking to what ails us

Equity, education, and engagement are three things that matter to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. At its annual meeting Michael Pollan used the food chain to bring those into focus for those filling Miller Auditorium. 

Sierra Staunton and Kim Bruinwood

That does compute: More girls gaining tech, business skills through competitive robotics

Dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind,” FIRST Robotics is about much more than building robots to shoot Frisbees, and it’s attracting more girls interested in everything from marketing to engineering.

Deschutes Brewery Warehouse

Revealing the invisible sector of the craft brew industry

Craft beer drinkers love their brewers but where's the love for those that get their beer to a tap near them? 

New Moon

New Moon brings back the golden age of New Age thinking

No matter what spiritual path you are on, New Moon Spiritual Gift Emporium, will likely have something that will help you on the journey.

Patrick serves up Soup for Jennifer Piper

Buying a meal will feed a hungry neighbor at Feed the World Cafe

Patrick Mixis was appalled to find out how many hungry people there are in Kalamazoo. So he set about opening a restaurant that will help feed them as its customers get fed. Zinta Aistars has the story on Feed the World Cafe.

Surrounded by black elves

Playing an orc may be just what you need

This time of year costumes abound. But for Live Action Role Play fans, wearing costumes are not just a once a year event. Jane Parikh talks to a medieval dragon to get the story.
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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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