Kalamazoo, Michigan

Life in Kalamazoo, Michigan, explained by people who’ve lived in Kalamazoo:

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Kalamazoo Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo?

  • A city with good food and arts on one hand but also a place with many nature escapes and outdoor adventures on the other. (Amy, 12 years)
  • Connection with others. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Farmers Market, Art Hops BREWERIES. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Kalamazoo?

  • Wish it had a better selection of concert venues. (Amy, 12 years)
  • Lack of adventure. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Condition of the roads, the rust in the water. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Kalamazoo?

  • Farmers Market, Borgess run camp, KalHaven Trail, Mountain Bike at Fort Custer, Brewery Hop, Downtown Art hop. (Amy, 12 years)
  • Climb Kalamazoo, karaoke. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Art Hop. KIA, Museum..events in the parks. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo’s Reputation

What’s Kalamazoo known for?

  • Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo Promise and Pharmaceuticals (Upjohn/Pfizer). (Amy, 12 years)
  • Pubs/beer. (Amy, 39 years)
  • WMU, Upjohn, Air Zoo. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Crime

What’s the crime like in Kalamazoo? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Typical for a city but not too bad. Northside poverty struggles, west campus college drinking and noise/party related crime, random waves of car and home break ins everywhere, downtown homeless leaving trash and asking for money. (Amy, 12 years)
  • North, east and south side have more crime, but it’s not as bad as Battle Creek. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Getting worse ☹️. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Advice

Any advice for people moving to Kalamazoo?

  • Beware of the one-way streets. We have a few that are deceptive and look like two-ways, but they aren’t. (Amy, 12 years)
  • Get out and meet people. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Enjoy. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Kalamazoo (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Midnight ropes course at Pretty Lake Adventure Center during a full moon night was super cool. (Amy, 12 years)
  • Way too many. (Amy, 39 years)
  • DoDah parade .. sporting events. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo’s Future

How do you think Kalamazoo will change over the next 10 years?

  • No idea. I’d love to see it grow like Grand Rapids with a cultural shift towards unique venues, eats, arts, etc… But, honestly, 10 years isn’t that far away. We’ll probably gets a few more condos, parking ramps, and some outskirt areas built up with more big store shopping/chain restaurants. Oooh…maybe some of those one-ways will become two-ways. (Amy, 12 years)
  • It’ll become more like bigger cities. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Not sure. (Linda, 44 years)

Kalamazoo Facts

Any other interesting facts about Kalamazoo?

  • It’s pretty diverse. (Amy, 39 years)
  • Tornado didn’t knock us down. (Linda, 44 years)