City of Kalamazoo

Jennifer Combes, of Kalamazoo, and her daughters sit next to the Holly Jolly Trolley driver on the Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 Art Hop Night (Photo by WMUK/Earlene McMichael)
Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Note: For the holiday season, WMUK rebroadcasts this story about downtown Kalamazoo's Holly Jolly Trolley. 

Kalamazoo Removes Bronson Park Homeless Camp

Sep 18, 2018
File photo of homeless camp in Bronson Park in 2018 - Gordon Evans, WMUK
Gordon Evans / WMUK-FM

UPDATE: The Kalamazoo Gazette says 14 people were arrested as Kalamazoo Public Safety officers swept the park on Wednesday morning, September 19. Those arrested include Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes Nehring. A 7 p.m. deadline the previous evening passed without police action to remove the camp. It was set up August 19 to protest what camp residents and advocates say is a lack of action by the city on homelessness.

Adam Rayes / WMUK

On a recent afternoon, Bronson Park was full of people talking and laughing. Some were passing through. Others were living there. About 20 tents were packed into the northwest corner. This group of fabric living spaces is somewhat-affectionately known by its inhabitants as “Tent City.” 


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Questions about homelessness in the City of Kalamazoo dominated a commission meeting on Tuesday. The discussion came after the city recently evicted homeless campers from Bronson Park.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The city of Kalamazoo says heavy rains have caused flooding of some streets. Update: WWMT reports all roads have been reopened. 

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