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Tell me about Kalamazoo, MI

Old 07-03-06, 08:40 AM
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Tell me about Kalamazoo, MI

As posted in another thread, in about two weeks I am moving from Orlando to Kalamazoo to start my Ph.D in political science. My girl will be working for Bronson as an R.N., so our income should be alright. But beyond the existence of the university, I generally know little about the area as a whole. What should I expect, what can I look forward too, what should I look out for?
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Actually, Kalamazoo is a pretty typical college town, albeit a small one. One of its biggest assets is lying halfway between Detroit and Chicago. My wife also works at Bronson and seems to be happier than she was at other hospitals.

If you're looking for nonstop entertainment, you'll be disappointed, but Kalamazoo offers enough diversion to ride out grad school.

Be careful where you rent though.

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Gibson guitars used to be made there, but then the factory was moved to Nashville. Some of the former Gibson employees who didn't want to move started the Heritage guitar company. They are supposed to be excellent instruments.

Sorry, that's all I got.
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A songwriter once had a gal there.
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I used to work in K-zoo 11 years ago. The only fun things that I can remember are the go-kart track (the fancy kind where you go like 50 MPH) and the minor league hockey team.
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Again, it depends on what you consider fun. Bars? Sure, college town. And there is still one good place to see touring bands. Currently there is a big push toward developing an artistic scene in town. Watch for "art hops". The go-kart place is actually outside of Kalamazoo. The hockey team is another bonus.
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Home of Derek Jeter when he was drafted by the Yanks. That's all I got.
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A songwriter once had a gal there.
you beat me to it
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I am moving from GR, MI to Orlando, but don't know much about Kzoo. A typicall college town. Big parties on football weekends. A few college bars, and bad strip clubs. Some areas of town are not the greatest. Avoid Benton harbor, It seems like they have a riot there oncec a year. Saint Joe on lake Michigan is a great place to go to the beach. More of a quiet, vacation town.

Bells is great though, gotta try Oberon. A great summer beer

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I split my undergrad time between Indiana University and Florida State University, I am essentially "partied out." I enjoy my casual drinking, but as for anything more, I have reached the point where it has lost whatever luster it may have once had.
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I'd occasionally do a little bit of work there during my days at Pfizer. Upjohn used to be the big pharmaceutical company there, then became Pharmacia & Upjohn, then became Pfizer and then they closed quite a large number of operations and screwed over quite a few families that worked there.

I remember there wasn't much to do there, and traffic lights turned off after a certain time. That's all I got.
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Old 07-03-06, 01:11 PM
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If you aren't looking for collegiate shenanigans, then you might end up a bit underwhelmed. You might find yourself spending more time in Ann Arbor/Detroit. It's about a two-hour drive to Detroit. Portage, a city which essentially blends with Kalamazoo, has a street full of Americana like Hooters and Best Buy and a mall. So, if you are content with chains like Barnes and Noble and Outback Steakhouse, you will be fine. If you are looking for anything unique, you'll have to dig quite a bit deeper, but interesting things can be found. At least your girlfriend will have a decent place to work.
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Yeah, college shenanigans for me are about 4+ years ago. At 26, I find myself teaching the kiddos that are out living where I was back then. I have friends in Chicago and Milwaulkee so I suppose it isn't that bad. And yes, I am quite happy with my R.N. sugga mama, cause graduate stipends don't cut it.
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