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You hear it coming in the distance. The Amtrak train traveling east from Chicago. Or west from Detroit. People arriving and departing. And in their own way, they're defining the Arcadia District.

Historically speaking, it began when the city's founder, Titus Bronson, settled at the district's original gateway, Arcadia Creek. Over the years, Arcadia has become a place of change — at Park Trades Center, where ideas can incubate. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum, where new exhibits routinely rotate in and out, bringing us new infusions of ideas. The Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the people who come to learn and then leave to share their knowledge.

The Arcadia Creek Festival Site welcomes the annual visits of everything from Taste of Kalamazoo to Ribfest. Arcadia is also where we see some of the most promising signs of our future. Renovation of old Kalamazoo landmarks reminds us of our past, while long-time business establishments anchor the diversity of the district. It's a vital gateway to our Northside neighborhoods. And a constant reminder that change is very good for a city's soul.