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Central Business District in Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burdick Street

 
 
Burdick Street Marker — Burdick Street—1900 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
1. Burdick Street Marker — Burdick Street—1900
Inscription.  
Burdick Street—1900 (west side)
Streetcars carry workers and shoppers past grocers, butchers, dress shops, restaurants, saloons, banks, cigar stores, City Hall and the post office. Horses pulling buggies crowd the brick streets, and the new concrete sidewalks are filled with people and signs. Two to four story buildings have shops below and living space or offices above.

Burdick Street—1932 (north side)
Electric signals, installed in 1926, control automobile traffic and the streetcars are gone. Movie theaters and medical offices have replaced grocers, butchers and saloons. The eight story Kalamazoo building and ten story Hanselman building are filled with professional offices. Although City Hall has moved to South Street, the post office and central fire station still face Burdick Street.

Kalamazoo Mall—1959 (east side)
In the span of this year, two-way automobile traffic yields to the nation's first permanent downtown pedestrian mall. Designed by Victor Groen as part of an auto free urban core, the mall is intended to encourage business to stay in
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the city. The mall sparks new interest in downtown with remodeled storefronts, open green spaces, and eager new shoppers.

Kalamazoo Mall—1988 (south side)
After years of slow decline, the two southern blocks of the pedestrian mall are reopened to one lane of traffic. Newly installed wide brick sidewalks provide ample space for strolling, sitting on a bench and dining. Restaurants, banks and specialty shops line the street, and renovated living spaces occupy the upper floors. The Kalamazoo Mall is the heart of a revitalized downtown, filled with shopping, culture and commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
 
Location. 42° 17.492′ N, 85° 34.998′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. It is in the Central Business District. Marker is at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) and South Kalamazoo Mall, on the left when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue. Marker is at the southwest corner of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Art Deco (a few steps from this marker); Firsts (within shouting distance of this marker);
Burdick Street Marker — Burdick Street—1932 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
2. Burdick Street Marker — Burdick Street—1932
Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kalamazoo Mall (within shouting distance of this marker); Haymarket Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upjohn Company / William E. Upjohn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caleb Sweetland Building (about 300 feet away); David S. Walbridge (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Also see . . .  Kalamazoo Mall. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 16, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Burdick Street Marker — Kalamazoo Mall—1959 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
3. Burdick Street Marker — Kalamazoo Mall—1959
Burdick Street Marker — Kalamazoo Mall—1988 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
4. Burdick Street Marker — Kalamazoo Mall—1988
Burdick Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
5. Burdick Street Marker
Burdick Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 14, 2022
6. Burdick Street Marker
This marker is the one on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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