City of Kalamazoo

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Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave Managing Editor Kathy Jennings says the On the Ground Project launched by Issue Media Group is old-fashioned “shoe leather journalism.” Spending a lot of time “getting to know people and what’s important to them.”


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Grand Rapids native Dann Sytsma has long wondered why it's customary for companies to offer new employee orientation, but not so for communities to provide such training for its new residents. That question has led him to launch the "Welcome to Kalamazoo" show during downtown Kalamazoo's Art Hops. The next one is May 4.


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A Kalamazoo nonprofit says residents who saw serious damage to their homes in last month’s floods are struggling to get assistance. The city says that some of its housing dollars come with federal restrictions that prohibit their use in flood zones.


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Hopewell made the announcement at a Kalamazoo City Commission meeting. The board also addressed zoning issues related to medical marijuana facilities and accepted a $1 million grant from a local donor.

After more than 10 years as the ceremonial head of Kalamazoo city government, Mayor Bobby Hopewell announced on Monday that he will not seek the office during the next election. Hopewell has served as the city’s mayor since 2007.

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Nearly 80 years after its dedication in Bronson Park, the City of Kalamazoo plans to remove the sculpture and reflecting pools known as the Fountain of the Pioneers.

The fountain is a historic work created by noted sculptor Alfonso Iannelli. But its depiction of a white settler in a position of power over a Native American has led many people to condemn it as racist and as an embodiment of white supremacy.

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