City of Kalamazoo

A black and white aerial photo shows buildings, a rail line, part of a neighborhood, but also an area with what look like white rectangles, which were the east side sludge pits.
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In 1968, or just before, the air began to stink on Kalamazoo’s east side.

The smell was so bad that people could hardly bear it, said Jim VanderRoest, who lived on Arthur Avenue near East Main Street and was about 12 at the time. “It was just a putrid odor, and it permeated the whole neighborhood,” he said.

A map on a screen shows green wedge shapes laid over the northern part of the City of Kalamazoo
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Innovation might help an old problem at Kalamazoo’s sewage treatment plant: smells.

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.”

Courtesy photo | GreenHouse Productions, LLC

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.

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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."