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Old November 5th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #1
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Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo has about 72,700 people. I was pleasantly surprised with Kalamazoo. I would have to say it is my 3rd favorite city in Michigan, after GR and Detroit.






































































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Old November 6th, 2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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Wow, looks very nice; very clean. I'll be passing through Kalamazoo for the first time this Sunday on my way to Detroit, and can't wait to check it out.

Why has metro Kalamazoo's economy done so well despite the rest of Michigan's economy? Is it the city's leadership? Business diversification? There aren't any universities or major governmental operations in Kalamazoo as far as I know.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #3
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The University plays a major role, though unlike Ann Arbor, the campus isn't integrated into the Downtown area.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #4
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really nice city. Looks very walkable. Dig that mural.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #5
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Why has metro Kalamazoo's economy done so well despite the rest of Michigan's economy? Is it the city's leadership? Business diversification? There aren't any universities or major governmental operations in Kalamazoo as far as I know.

www.wmich.edu

- 4th largest University in the state (25,000+)
- Carnegie Doctoral/Research - Extensive classification (the highest rating for research universities)
- A new College of Engineering campus was opened earlier this decade and houses a successful business incubator for hi-tech start ups
- Plans are underway to begin a medical school, and a downtown arena may be built that the University would be the major tenant at.

Go BRONCOS!!!

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Old November 6th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #6
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A classic american town!
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Old November 7th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #7
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Yep, without WMU, Kzoo would be Battle Creek if we're being honest. WMU is a pretty substantial research university. In some other states, WMU would be top-tier in terms of size and scope, but since Michigan has UofM, MSU, and WSU, WMU often gets grouped with EMU and CMU in people's minds.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 05:32 AM   #8
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Yep, without WMU, Kzoo would be Battle Creek if we're being honest. WMU is a pretty substantial research university. In some other states, WMU would be top-tier in terms of size and scope, but since Michigan has UofM, MSU, and WSU, WMU often gets grouped with EMU and CMU in people's minds.

Unfortunately, some of those people include members of our glorious Detroit-based media, who often refer to Michigan's "3 research universities".

If it wasn't for the horrible tenure of ex-President Judith Bailey, WMU could easily have the third highest enrollment out of Michigan universities. It was almost at 30,000 when I was a freshman in 2000, but then had a pretty big drop when Bailey came along.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #9
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I don't think I need to tell you, but you and I both know bigger isn't always better, and a drop in enrollment may not be a bad thing. WMU is big enough.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #10
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Love the historic building stock. Thanks for sharing.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:34 AM   #11
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I don't think I need to tell you, but you and I both know bigger isn't always better, and a drop in enrollment may not be a bad thing. WMU is big enough.
I would agree with that. My point, and I probably wasn't clear, was that WMU had some good momentum going in a lot of areas (enrollment being one of them) before Judith Bailey was hired as President. Nearly all of that momentum was destroyed, and I felt that the university at best, stopped dead in its tracks for a few years, and at worst, lost a step or two in regards to its performance and reputation. Schools like Wayne State, Oakland, GVSU, and CMU have had obvious gains in the last decade (not just in enrollment), while Western has not. Fortunately things have begun to change.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 11:01 PM   #12
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Nice looking town!!!!
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Old November 11th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #13
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Was that a canal i saw running thru the city?

The fifth third building looks like one of our skyscrapers in toledo minus the very top of ours.....

Good luck in Hockey K-Zoo looks like you guys have a good team but the Walleye are up 2-0 on ya for the season so far!
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Old November 11th, 2009, 06:21 AM   #14
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Mudhen,

Kalamazoo sits on the Kalamazoo River, but what you're probably seeing is the Arcadia Creek which flows through parts of downtown. Like a lot of other small streams through urban areas, it was put underground for decades, but channeled and opened back up to open-air.

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Old November 11th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #15
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What a great-looking city!!! Charming and historic!!! Another MI city definitely worth visiting...
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 03:38 PM   #16
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Nice to see the old home town on here.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 05:22 AM   #17
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Ahh, Battle Creek's bigger, somewhat more progressive and sophisticated brother...

Growing up, Kalamazoo always seemed like the "big city" nearby, where all the action was.

It continues to do well--K-Zoo is more of the white collar, service-oriented counterpart to Battle Creek's blue collar nature.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 05:25 AM   #18
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nice pics mate!! I used to live in Mattawan. lol.
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