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1959, August 19
The Country's first pedestrian mall
Kalamazoo had a plan to stop the downtown decline in the city. This new concept known as the Kalamazoo 1980 plan or the Gruen Plan was presented in 1958. The opening of the mall was exciting and busy. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was present as well as thousands of people. Learn more about the first pedestrial mall in America.

Morris Markin opened the Checker Cab Co. and two years later Markin Body Co. to make the bodies for the cabs. He merged in 1922 with the Commonwealth Co. creating the Checker Cab Manufacturing Co. In 1923, he moved his operations from Joliet, IL to Kalamazoo, MI. Some say he moved here to escape the Taxi Wars in Chicago. His main competitor, Hertz Yellow Cab sold out to Markin in 1929. The Company run by Markin held a monopoly in the Chicago area until the 1990's. In time, Checker Cabs became the standard for Tax service. When anyone talked about cabs, it was usually Checker Cabs that came to mind. For more information on the topic, go to a brief history of the Checker Cabs. Click on General Info, then “On-line magazine” Volume 5 – Issue 1 – Fall 2005. The issue also gives many other topics of information on history in Kalamazoo.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Kalamazoo and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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