Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan used his “State of the City” speech Wednesday night to focus on a common buzzword: sustainability.
Kruzan says he’d like to see the city’s central commerce district — Kirkwood Avenue and the Courthouse Square — protected by a new ordinance which allows only locally-owned businesses to locate there and offers incentives that make property and rent inexpensive enough for small business owners to afford. The mayor says the city should also re-zone some residential land to offer more affordable housing. It’s part of a larger push to avoid Bloomingtonians falling into poverty.
Another initiative involves budgeting for a sustainability coordinator so the position can be included in budget negotiations this summer. Kruzan says the city will follow the model set out by Indiana University when it hired its sustainability director, Bill Brown, two months ago.