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The country’s first downtown pedestrian mall opens in Kalamazoo
August 19, 2021 @ 12:00 am
On this day in 1959, the Tommy Dorsey big band played to 50,000 people as they celebrated the opening of the country’s first downtown pedestrian mall in Kalamazoo. The city spent $60,000 and closed several downtown blocks to traffic in order to create the pedestrian-friendly shopping area, and reviatlize the downtown.