As the popularity of suburban living increased over the past fifty years, shopping malls and strip centers supplanted downtown as the center of retail for most Americans. Only recently has there been a push toward re-establishing downtowns as competitive and desirable shopping districts and activity centers.
Compared to other Midwestern cities of this size, downtown Kalamazoo offers a stable and desirable retail environment. With affordable leasable space, convenient and accessible parking, an existing retail core, along with a healthy balance of office, entertainment, institutional and residential uses, downtown Kalamazoo is positioned to become an even more vibrant and regional shopping destination.