have lived in Portage since I was four years old. Though I’ve lived in several different houses, I’ve never left Portage and moved to Kalamazoo or any other surrounding area. Why you ask? I love all that Portage has to offer. I love that within two to three minutes I can be driving in the country and enjoying farms or lakes. I love that you can shop at local stores or national chains all within the same square miles. I love that there are many local restaurants and not just the big chains, of which there are plenty. I love that I am only 10 to 15 minutes from enjoying downtown Kalamazoo and all that it has to offer. I love that the schools are award winning. I love that there are “green spaces” and dozens of parks. I love the 50+ mile bike route. I especially love all of the lakes and public access. I love that we have an international airport at our disposal. I love Portage, Michigan!