Kalamazoo Edison Neighborhood

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Bad credit score? A history of bouncing checks? All are welcomed in the doors at Community Promise Federal Credit Union in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood, but you won't leave the same.

In exchange for affordably-priced loans, for example, customers must submit to financial counseling as well as turn in a household budget.

Officials say their strategies are helping this non-profit bank, which is nearing the five-year mark, be successful in its mission of reversing the challenged financial pasts of low-to-moderate-income people.

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The executive director of the Edison Neighborhood Association was arraigned Tuesday in Kalamazoo County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of selling alcohol without a license. Tammy Taylor, who has served as the neighborhood's executive director since 2001, was arraigned by Judge Tiffany Ankley on a single count of disorderly person — sale of alcohol without a license at a neighborhood association event on Feb. 15, according to court documents. The charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Downtown Kalamazoo business owners have to follow special rules when they build a new building or make big changes in an old one.

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The Kalamazoo City Commission could decide as early as its next meeting whether to make part of the Edison neighborhood into a “design review district.”


This weekend’s Art Hop in Kalamazoo will include displays outside of the central downtown area. It will include the Washington Square area in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.