City of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Offers Walking Street Audit Tours

Sep 30, 2019
Ben Gretchko / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has begun a project to improve its streets and it’s asking residents to help. For the next two weeks, the City of Kalamazoo is hosting “Walking Wednesdays.”

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An initiative designed to increase prosperity in Kalamazoo returns for the second year. The Kalamazoo Black Business Expo will be held Aug. 24. It will showcase 60 African-American entrepreneurs, up from 40 last year.  The city of Kalamazoo once again is a lead sponsor and four others have signed on, including the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and two banks.

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell gave his final "State of the City" address Thursday, June 13. After 12 years as mayor, Hopewell isn't running for re-election this fall. Inside the still unfinished Exchange building downtown, Hopewell said the city is committed to "shared prosperity."

Sykes-Nehring Says Goodbye To Kalamazoo City Commission

May 21, 2019
A woman in a dark blazer and red shirt sits in front of a microphone at a dais, looking to the right with her hand on her chin.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Former Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes-Nehring attended her last Commission meeting as a member of the board last night. She resigned because she no longer lives in the city, but Sykes-Nehring says she’ll remain active in the community.

A man stands at a lectern with microphones on it, in front of a blue and white City of Kalamazoo backdrop.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Michigan’s environmental agency is taking issue with the City of Kalamazoo’s drinking water treatment. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has issued a violation for the city related to corrosion control.

It says Kalamazoo used too little phosphate, which coats the pipes and prevents lead and copper leaching, on some occasions last year. At other times the city used too much phosphate to treat the water.