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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.
Ground Breaking Ceremony

Nature-based charter school to debut in Kalamazoo in 2016

Outdoor learning, integrated free play, project-based learning, an environmental science focus with on-site opportunities for outdoor labs: They are all part of what is planned for a new education opportunity for the area, Great Lakes Explorations Academy.

Pop-up bike lanes

Bicyclists give the pop up bike lane a trial

Bike riders try out a lane just for them and offer their opinions regarding the experience.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

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Craft beer industry spawns lots of little (and growing) businesses

Little businesses that support or rely on the craft brew industry are bubbling up all over.  

inside the colony farm orchard

Inside Colony Farm Orchard: Or Natural Development

In pictures and words, artist Simon Borst explores the history and future of the expansion of the WMU Business, Technology, and Research Park at Colony Farm Orchards through interviews and personal accounts. 

Kama Mitchell

Tackling racial disparities in infant mortality that reaveal a 'sickness in Kalamazoo'

Statistically speaking, in Kalamazoo, just being born black leaves a baby four times as likely to die in the first year of life.

Robin Pierucci, MD examines baby

Beyond Detox: Helping drug-exposed babies beat the odds

The Kalamazoo community is coordinating better care for drug-exposed newborns, thanks to the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Prevention & Treatment Project. The group aims to help these vulnerable kids succeed as future learners, too.

The Food Aisle at the Festival Site

How the festivals that changed downtown Kalamazoo are changing

Summer festivals spurred lots of changes in downtown Kalamazoo. Now those festivals are going through some big changes themselves. 


Brad Bower | Studio Director

Frostburn Studios keeps Heroes of Newerth alive

At Frostburn Studios they really are playing games for research. Most of the time. 
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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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