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Bloomington is home to a diverse community; some residents stay for a few years while attending Indiana University and some have been here for generations.

As part of our Inquire Indiana project, we want to explore the past, present and future of Bloomington with you with City Limits.

Our community is changing, from closing businesses to traffic and road construction to affordable housing, and we see the impact of these changes all around us.

We want to know: What questions do you have about how the Bloomington of tomorrow will impact your work, your personal life, your community and your future?

Here’s how it works: You submit a question you’d like us to explore about how Bloomington has changed over the past few decades, what you want to see for the city in the future and how ties with IU continue to shape the community.  

You might wonder: How much does it cost to live in Bloomington compared to the rest of Indiana? How much property does IU own within city limits? Are apartments in Bloomington at capacity?

We’ll run regular voting rounds so you can weigh in on what you most want answered. If your question is picked, you could participate in the investigation.

So: What do you wonder about how Bloomington is changing and how it impacts your life?

Interested in an ongoing conversation how Bloomington is changing? Join our Facebook group!

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February 20, 2020

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No Booze At The Inn: Why Doesn't The Graduate Hotel Have A Liquor License?

Not serving alcohol is unique for the Graduate chain, which has opened hotels in about two dozen other communities and plans to open more. All are in communities with major universities.

February 13, 2020

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Bloomington Has About 15,000 Traffic Signs. Some Go Missing Often.

A wide variety of traffic signs can be found all around town. City Limits was asked to look into what signs get put up, which signs are stolen most frequently and how much is spent on signs.

February 6, 2020

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'Breaking Away' Quarry Partially Filled In: 'There Would Be 300 People Back There'

Residents near the famous quarry say there have been issues with people trespassing onto nearby residents' property and getting seriously injured from jumping into the water.

February 3, 2020

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News Literacy Week: Reporters Answer Your Questions

Last week was News Literacy Week, a time for news outlets to interact with readers, listeners and audiences to help clarify the newsgathering process and answer questions about journalism and reporting.

January 30, 2020

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Where Does Yard Debris Go After It's Picked Up?

One Bloomington resident asks what happens to yard waste and debris after it gets collected by the city.

January 23, 2020

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Bloomington's PCB History: Officials Confident In Cleanup But Hesitant To Issue 'All Clear'

A lot of cleanup has been completed, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to list three toxic waste sites in Monroe County on the Superfund National Priorities List.

January 16, 2020

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What's The Definition Of A Core Neighborhood?

One of the most controversial aspects of the UDO – which failed – was the incorporation of multifamily “plexes” into the city’s core neighborhoods. But what is a core neighborhood?

January 15, 2020

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City Limits Spotlight: MCPL Friends Of The Library Bookstore

Half the books in the library's bookstore come from donations, which can be made at any customer assistance desk or the drive-up window at the main library on Kirkwood Avenue.

January 9, 2020

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A sign for climate change at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington.

Faith Groups Fight Climate Change: It's Imperative To Care For God's Creation

Earth Care Bloomington's stated goal is to help faith communities “answer the moral call to care for our Earth through energy efficiency and conservation practices in their facilities and members’ homes.”

December 19, 2019

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Will IU Continue Alcohol Sales At Football Games?

With the first season of alcohol sales at Memorial Stadium complete, an IU alumnus asked City Limits, what is the record of incident reports since the ban on alcohol sales was lifted, and what’s next?

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December 5, 2019

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What's The Deal With All These Empty Storefronts In Bloomington?

It’s been a week since Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season is officially in full force. But if you’re shopping around Bloomington, you’re bound to pass some some empty storefronts. Why?

November 21, 2019

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Bloomington Resident Says First Step In Combating Climate Change Is Community Involvement

We reached out to Bloomington resident Rhonda Baird, who’s been active in the local environmental activism scene, about what she does to be environmentally friendly in her everyday life.

November 20, 2019

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IU Student Activists Share Efforts They Make Toward Sustainability

To help tackle what can be done to fight climate change, Indiana University climate activists and environmentalists share the efforts they make in their lives.

November 14, 2019

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Where'd All These Student Housing Complexes Come From?

As someone who has lived or worked in Bloomington for the last 50 years, Kevin Burdeshaw has seen the city change a lot. And he isn’t loving what he’s seeing.

November 7, 2019

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Warm Water And Cold Beer: Inside Indiana's Weird Liquor Store Laws

The answer has little to do with water and everything to do with the politics of alcohol regulations. To answer this question fully, we took a look at how Indiana liquor laws have evolved.

October 31, 2019

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As New IU Health Facility Goes Up, Residents Concerned About Future Of Current Site

We reached out to stakeholders in the project to see how the planning process is coming along, and how all this will impact the two single family neighborhoods closest to the site.

October 25, 2019

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Callout: How Have You Tried To Reduce Environmental Impact In Your Life?

City Limits: Climate Change will be offering suggestions for what you can do to address climate change, and we're looking for your help! We'll share your ideas during a week of coverage in November.

October 22, 2019

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Construction At Sare Road, Moores Pike Limited To Sidewalk, Will Be Complete By Year's End

Crews are working to install a sidewalk on Moores Pike between College Mall Road and Woodruff Lane.

October 16, 2019

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Bloomington Accessibility Council: City Tries But Still Has Long Way To Go

One Bloomington resident expressed concern that as the city makes changes, people living with disabilities will be left behind.

October 10, 2019

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There's A Scooter In My Yard. Can I Get It Impounded?

Bloomington resident Kaylie Scherer asked City Limits to find out what she can do to keep electric scooters from being parked on her private property, and if it is possible to have them impounded.

October 4, 2019

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Some IU Health Board Members Get $40K For 6 Hours Of Work A Week

According to the 2016 Form 990, 13 individuals who served on the board for all or part of that year received pay that totaled $492,788 for what was estimated at six hours work per week each.

October 3, 2019

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Who Owns IU Health? Officials Say, No One

It’s understandable that people might think Indiana University owns IU Health. But in fact, IU does not own the health care system.

September 26, 2019

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How Fast Is Bloomington Really Growing?

Bloomington’s Unified Development Ordinance has left residents with a lot of questions, both about the city and how it’s planned. In this City Limits story, we find out: how fast is Bloomington really growing?

September 24, 2019

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VOTE NOW: Which Climate Change Question Should We Investigate First?

You asked. Now, we want to answer. Vote for the City Limits: Climate Change question you want answered before Oct. 1!

September 19, 2019

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Former Bloomington Kmart Property May See Progress As Early As Next Year

Last summer the final public input session for the property gave city residents a chance to hear ideas and give feedback. But since then, not much has happened with the site.

September 11, 2019

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What's The History Of The Jordan River?

You've walked past it - or over it - more times than you can count, but what do you really know about Indiana University's iconic stream?

September 10, 2019

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Should Residents Be Concerned About Beavers In Local Parks?

Steve Cotter is the natural resources manager with the Bloomington Department of Parks and Recreation. He says various parks in Bloomington have experienced issues with beavers in the past, like Miller-Showers and Twin Lakes Sports Park. 

September 5, 2019

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Why Doesn't Bloomington Decriminalize Cannabis?

At Indiana’s most recent legislative session, 10 different bills were introduced that proposed decriminalizing or lessening penalties for marijuana possession, none of which advanced.

August 29, 2019

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How Does Tax-Exempt IU Contribute To Bloomington?

IU covers nearly three square miles inside the city of Bloomington and doesn’t pay property taxes on it. This is an issue discussed in many cities that are home to major universities.

August 22, 2019

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The Risk Of Lyme Disease In Bloomington

A lot of folks in Bloomington complain about the prevalence of deer in the city, but they may not realize they could be helping to draw them in.

August 15, 2019

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What Is MCCSC Doing To Help Kids Whose Post-Grad Plans Don't Include College?

“Where is the school system looking to do more with this bunch that does not go to college?” Bloomington resident and father of four Joe Morris asked City Limits.

August 8, 2019

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What's The Status Of Recycling In Bloomington?

China stopped taking the world's mixed paper and plastic in 2018. This caused a huge drop in the value for recyclable materials. A resident asked us to look into the status of recycling locally.

August 1, 2019

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Are Changes To Single Family Zoning Rules The Answer To Bloomington's Housing Shortage?

The issue has become part of the debate about the Unified Development Ordinance.

July 25, 2019

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Orchestras Per Capita: How Does Bloomington Stack Up?

The answer to this question may be impossible to determine in anything less than a doctoral dissertation. But there are signs that Bloomington could have a legitimate claim to the distinction of Per Capita Capital of Orchestras.

July 18, 2019

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Is IU Focusing Enough On Renewable Energy?

According to IU’s most recent sustainability report, there are four solar power systems installed on rooftops across the campus. Bloomington has 31 municipal buildings with solar installations.

July 11, 2019

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Eyes In The Sky: Surveillance Cameras Dot The Bloomington Cityscape

Bloomington Police Department only have six cameras hanging in the Bloomington, but the city has almost 300 cameras across the city.

July 4, 2019

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Switchyard Apartments To Fill Some Affordable Housing Needs

This week on City Limits, we answer Bloomington resident Sally Sturgeon's questions about Switchyard Apartments, the $1.39 million complex being built next to Switchyard Park. 

June 27, 2019

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How Does The City Of Bloomington Define 'Affordable' Housing?

As part of our City Limits series, we explore another question from a resident who wants to know what the definition of affordable housing is in the context of Bloomington.

June 13, 2019

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What Are The Rules For Pets In Public?

As part of our City Limits Project, you can submit a question and we'll look for the answer. This week we've looked into what the rules are for animal companions in public.