It's not the usual stroll in the park in Kalamazoo.  In fact, other than the homeless protesters and the police, only a handful of Kalamazoo citizens were taking advantage of Bronson Park on one of the nicest weather days of 2018.

Between 60-100 homeless protesters have camped out at the downtown park, located behind the courthouse in Kalamazoo since August 19th.  A story in M-Live details demands delivered from the protesters to City Hall on Monday. The Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously passed a motion to address the demands.

  • The police department to investigate crimes against the homeless.
  • Provide access to mental, emotional and physical health supports to the encampment
  • Provide a structurally sound, vacant building that protesters can coordinate volunteer contractor services for, in order to get the property up to code in time to move in before winter
  • Utilize the expertise of the protest group, and national best practices, to develop a long-term "housing first" policy that better addresses the issue of homelessness in the future.

As negotiations continue, city officials have said it's only a matter of time before police could enforce ordinances that prevent sleeping and camping in parks.

Here are some photos of the scene on Tuesday afternoon during the lunch hour.

Bronson Park Tent City