why's that

looking up a concrete stem at a large, wide, pale-blue metal circular object
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In the spring, two large objects began to take shape by southbound US-131 between I-94 and Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo: a concrete tube and a sort of dish next to it.


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Though Michigan is best known for its peninsulas, this story begins with an island: a strip of land off Riverview Drive that is surrounded by the City of Kalamazoo but is not part of it.


In a mural, a woman wearing a yellow crown and gray robe holds a green, white and red flag and in the other hand, a lit torch with a snake wrapped around.
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Dea Mulolli is a PhD student at Western Michigan University. She was walking through the student union, the Bernhard Center, when she met another Dea – one who’s always around the building.


A blue sign with white lettering that says "Kalamazoo," at the train station downtown.
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Raven Britt was at a dinner party a couple of years ago, when of the other guests made a prediction. As we hear in this "Why's That?" story that first aired in February, Raven was telling him that she’d just moved to Kalamazoo.


A sidewalk closed sign is in the foreground. Behind it, a sidewalk with no visible problems.
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Caitlyn Bodine works in Kalamazoo. When she moved into her office on Howard Street a few years ago, she noticed that the sidewalk around the corner on Crosstown Parkway was closed.

“And I just thought at the time that maybe the sidewalk was under construction, something must be going on. But now it’s been three years and the signs are still here!” she said.


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