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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Mark Kole was traveling a few years ago when he noticed something strange. “I went on vacation to Boston," he says. "And looking at the map I see alphabetical streets and I’m thinking, okay, I know these streets." He knew them because they had the same names, and ran in the same order, as four streets in Kalamazoo Township.


Pete Strazdas / WMU Facilities

If you’ve followed the path of Arcadia Creek, you know it disappears for a while near Western Michigan University’s campus. You might have also noticed that Waldo Stadium is near the point where the creek moves underground. Listener Carl Doubleday wondered: does the creek run under Waldo Stadium?


Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

Each month, “Why’s That?” takes a question you ask about Southwest Michigan and tries to find an answer. You can submit your idea for the show and, through Sunday, vote on our topic for November.

Listener Laurel Eppstein asked our question for October. Eppstein lives in Comstock Township, and she hears trains pass by often.

Brady-Handy Collection / Library of Congress

Each month, WMUK’s “Why’s That?” delves into a question you send us and tries to find an answer. You can submit your idea here. September’s story is about names – two of them, well-known in Kalamazoo and nationally, and how they might be connected.

Mike Hoag of Kalamazoo sent us the following question:

So, you ever notice that DouglaS Ave has one "S" while the Douglass Community Association has two? Why's that?

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If you’ve ever wondered how a street got its name or the history of some older building in Southwest Michigan, WMUK might be able to help. 


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