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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.
Nicolette Hahn Niman

How does a vegetarian defend beef?

Here's how Nicolette Hahn Niman shoots down the arguments against eating beef.

Urban Democracy Feast

Urban Feast will fund social justice programs democratically

Good ideas have a way of spreading. The idea of sharing a meal and supporting your neighbor's project to help promote social justice in the community has reached Kalamazoo. 

Steve Jones

Mr. President: A cocktail lounge for the over-30 crowd

After being closed for 14 years Mr. President Restaurant and Lounge is back in business.

Looking for bus route to grocery store

Grocery shopping gets complicated for Vine neighborhood

Jason Byler

Fifty sweet years of maple sugaring at Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center with its 1,100 acres of wooded rolling land and varied educational offerings is recognized as one of the top nature centers in the nation. And for 50 years it’s been celebrating the coming of spring with the Maple Sugar Festival. 

Joshua Sampson

Low wages, high hopes: 41 percent of Kalamazoo County households struggle, including many with jobs

Even in a supportive community, it takes grit, persistence and strong faith in the future to stay afloat when a job (or two) won’t cover life’s expenses.

Steena Brown Chops while children Viggo and GloryAnne watch

41 percent of Kalamazoo families strain to meet nutritional needs

Poverty has proven to be an Inadequate measurement of food insecurity.

John and Rosemary Brown and Kirk Newman

Generosity is the way things get done in Kalamazoo

People give of their time and money to keep Kalamazoo a place where they love to live.

SW Michigan's Anniversary

Southwest Michigan's Second Wave celebrates 5 years

Jon Good and Josh Cook

Distilleries want to be the next big thing in Southwest Michigan

The  Kalamazoo area boasts a rich distilling history with spirits being produced and bottled in large quantities from 1836 to 1881. Today a new batch of spirits makers are bringing back those heady and productive years.
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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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