Arcadia Creek Location: Length Began: Completed: Inspiration:
Downtown Kalamazoo, MI 1,550 feet 1986 1992 The cost of Daylighting is cheaper than replacing underground pipe flood mitigation
City of Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Kalamazoo Association Charities $7.5 million for daylighting/ 18 million for total
Previously subject to frequent flooding, city engineers predict that Kalamazoo is now protected from anything up to a 500-year flood.
Results The new "Festival Site" now hosts five major summer festivals that generate $12 million in annual revenues. Annual property tax revenues near the creek have risen from $60,000 to $400,000.