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Eastside Voices Video & Book

Eastside Voices, an intergenerational oral history project featuring stories shared from current and former residents, was unveiled during the December Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association. Coordinated by local artists Buddy Hannah and Sid Ellis, Eastside Voices featured a video, book, storyboards, mural by Gerald king at 1616 East Main, and permanent artwork [...]

By |2020-02-13T13:34:18-05:00February 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eastside Voices Video & Book

Downtown Kalamazoo plans to reinvest $66M in tax revenue by 2048

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A new economic growth authority expects to leverage $66 million in state and local taxes to boost business in downtown Kalamazoo during the next 30 years. Monday, the Kalamazoo City Commission approved a plan to reinvest tax revenue collected from increases in the value of downtown property. It outlines how funds will be [...]

By |2018-12-04T11:14:25-05:00December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Downtown Kalamazoo plans to reinvest $66M in tax revenue by 2048

MDEQ awards $1.35M to turn contaminated mill into mixed-use taproom

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is supporting the cleanup of a blighted site primed for an ambitious redevelopment project. Monday, the DEQ announced it will loan $1.25 million and grant $100,000 to mitigate contamination of a historic Vicksburg paper mill. Paper City Development, LLC. plans invest $50 million to redevelop the long-vacant mill complex into a mixed-use [...]

By |2018-05-18T08:59:28-04:00May 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MDEQ awards $1.35M to turn contaminated mill into mixed-use taproom

Edison: Where helping your neighbor is what people do and diversity is a matter of pride

On a map, Edison, the most populous of the Kalamazoo’s 22 neighborhoods, is shaped like a work boot with one loose shoelace, an apt symbol for a neighborhood that is a little hardscrabble tossed with historical and urban charm. The collar of the boot (the north border), includes Mayor’s Riverfront Park and the Kalamazoo River; [...]

By |2018-04-06T15:09:00-04:00April 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Edison: Where helping your neighbor is what people do and diversity is a matter of pride

Ambitious Redevelopment Seeks $1.35M to Clean Up Shuttered Mill

Local officials are hopeful that Michigan Department of Environmental Quality funds will help clean up a blighted site primed for an ambitious redevelopment project. The county Board of Commissioners authorized its Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to apply for a $1.25 million DEQ loan and $100,000 grant to mitigate contamination of a former Vicksburg paper mill. Paper City [...]

By |2018-03-08T17:37:02-05:00March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ambitious Redevelopment Seeks $1.35M to Clean Up Shuttered Mill

Together, Building Blocks and Neighborhood Residents Bring About Change

From a classroom at Kalamazoo College grew a program that makes Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods safer, spruced up places where neighbors work together to make them that way. Building Blocks got its beginning in 1995 in a sociology course taught by Dr. Kim Cummings. He wanted to provide community organizing experience for students while also supporting [...]

By |2017-12-27T11:20:31-05:00December 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Together, Building Blocks and Neighborhood Residents Bring About Change

Unveiling ‘We Are Edison’ – the Inside Out project

On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street "pastings", INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. Each [...]

By |2017-07-10T15:09:37-04:00July 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Unveiling ‘We Are Edison’ – the Inside Out project

PHO Grand Opening

Pho on the Block is opening its doors Friday, May 5, 2017! Please join us for a delicious bite of Vietnamese cuisine and help us welcome them to Washington Square! Read More

By |2017-05-30T16:25:34-04:00April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on PHO Grand Opening
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