With its hilly views, plentiful old trees, gabled houses, and deep yards, Kalamazoo’s Eastside is a quiet, steady neighborhood that is home to single folks, families, some who represent generations of Eastside living. Over the past few years, the neighborhood of nearly 3,000 has expanded its housing options, improved its two parks, and launched a group of engaged neighbors, business owners, governmental officials and nonprofit leaders called Eastside Networking (ENet) who are working together to improve the Eastside.
Eastside is the third neighborhood being covered in the “On the Ground" series which amplifies the voices of residents in Kalamazoo neighborhoods. Over four months, Second Wave journalists will be embedded in the Eastside Neighborhood to explore topics of importance to residents, business owners, and other members of the community.
The On the Ground program is made possible by funding from the City of Kalamazoo, LISC, the Fetzer Institute, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Michigan WORKS!, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.