TODAY'S COUNT: 09 blog posts remaining in the T-shirt year!!
Since yesterday's blog was about New York, I decided that today's blog would be about KALAMAZOO (Wiki link).
I have lived in Kalamazoo most of my life, even though technically I was living in Richland. Before that Richland, we lived in Schoolcraft and Traverse City. I was born in Midland and lived there until I was three years old.
I love Kalamazoo, and I am happy to report that so does my wife.
Technically, this is a shirt for KALAMAZOO COLLEGE, but I decided to take this opportunity to document my love for Kalamazoo with a photo gallery. Most of the shots are older ones that I was able to find online, though I included a few recent shots.
Yesterday, I wrote about NEW YORK CITY. I do love New York City, but after living there for a few months, I decided that I loved to visit, but I would not want to live there.
I have not been to that many cities compared to other people (list to follow) though I still hesitate to name New York as my favorite city of all. I am not sure if I can select a favorite city. I am defining "being in" a city in the following to ones where I spent more than a few hours. Cities in which I have a feel for the city. I am also restricting myself to cities I have visited as an adult because I don't feel that I have a feel for Atlanta and some other places I visited once as a child.
MAJOR CITIES I HAVE BEEN IN: Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, New York City, Columbia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, and Boston.
From this list, I do not feel that I can make an informed decision about any city enough so as to proclaim it as the "GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD." I am not sure I can even pick a personal favorite.
But I have come to like living in Kalamazoo. This feels like home. There are good things here, good people, good businesses. There's seasons and the great lakes. Traverse City is very close by. It's easy to get to Chicago and Detroit on any given day, and Kalamazoo feels like a good launch point to get most anywhere else.
I liked the malls, which gave this town its distinction of "mall city," which I wish it still had. The downtown mall. especially, was a progressive idea that no one around here seemed to have the patience to grow and nurture properly.
I have made a lot of good memories here. And so for today's blog, I want to pull out a lot of images of yesteryear to go with a few from now. I hope you like what you see.
|This is the shirt I am actually wearing today|
Powell's Books: T-shirt #215
|Kalamazoo Mall postcard - 1960s?|
|Collected four-way shot of Kalamazoo Mall|
|Kalamazoo Public Library - 1965|
|Michigan Avenue looking east - recent|
|The wonderful SCHENSUL'S Cafeteria circa 1970s|
|Kalamazoo map 1874|
|Kalamazoo Mall - 1960s|
|Kalamazoo Mall with bridge - 1970s|
|Kalamazoo From Arcadia Creek - recent|
|Kalamazoo Mall and DoubleDay - 1959|
|Kalamazoo Mall and Woolworth's - 1960s|
|Kalamazoo Mall 1974|
|Kalamazoo Mall and Gilmore's - looking north|
|Burdick Street pre-Mall, Looking north, 1950s|
|Kalamazoo Public Museum and Planetarium|
Designed by my Dad's firm: Tower Pinkster
|Kalamazoo is more or less equidistant|
between Detroit and Chicago
|Kalamazoo Train Station 1998|
|Water Tower at the Kalamazoo State Psychiatric Hospital|
|recent photo; Michigan Avenue; Looking East|
And now a song about cities.
COUNTDOWN TO END OF THE BLOG YEAR - 09 shirts remaining
- chris tower - 1403.12 - 19:15