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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 18, 2021

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A screenshot of Bloomington's revisedUnified Development Ordinance map.

What Changes Could Be Coming In Bloomington's Revised UDO?

The new map rolls back on R4 zoning by about 75%.

January 28, 2021

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Switchyard Apartments

City Limits: How To Get Rental Assistance

When Jacqueline Vega wrote to City Limits looking for emergency rental assistance, she was in a panic. 

December 10, 2020

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Experts: COVID-19 Deaths Will Increase Over The Next Several Weeks

A listener suggests while there are more cases, there are relatively fewer deaths – and asks our City Limits Series, “Have doctors found more effective ways of treating patients?”

December 3, 2020

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A detailed map of Bloomington's UDO showing urban residential zones.

What Is The Plex Amendment? Bloomington's Changing UDO, Explained

Bloomington’s Unified Development Ordinance could undergo new changes that could affect the layout of several neighborhoods.

November 19, 2020

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Growing COVID Concerns: 'We Should Have Listened To The Science People'

Curtis Carr is 73 years old. He wrote to City Limits because he says he’s worried about the growing number of COVID cases.

November 12, 2020

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A close shot of Bloomington City Hall.

What Happened To The City Of Bloomington's Evening Ambassador?

That position was approved by city council in the 2019 budget, but the person hired for the job is no longer there.

November 5, 2020

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A shot of a downtown Bloomington alley showing the old courthouse on the square.

Secondary Corridors: What's The History Of Bloomington's Alleyways?

Historically, alleys provided rear access to a property. Back there, deliveries could be made, trash piled for collection, flotsam stored and transportation housed. For the most part, that’s still the case.

October 29, 2020

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School leaders say they're reaching fewer older voters with their referendum campaign messaging compared to other age groups, but are encouraged by the amount of people getting out to vote ahead of Election Day.

Election Preview: Polling Should Be More Accurate; Possible Legal Battles Ahead

WFIU News brought together four experts to talk about national, state and legal issues heading into this election.

October 8, 2020

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How Does The Kirkwood Ave. Closure Affect Access For Those With Disabilities?

The weekend street closure stretches from Indiana Avenue all the way to Walnut Street and eliminates multiple parallel parking spots outside businesses.

October 1, 2020

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City Limits: What Happens To Quarantined People After Unemployment Benefits Expire?

As the pandemic continues and another stimulus package hasn’t been put in place since the extended CARES Act ended in July, one listener asks our City Limits Series, "What happens to quarantined people after unemployment benefits expire?"

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July 23, 2020

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How Often Should Health Workers Get Tested For COVID-19? Depends On Who You Ask

Healthcare workers are finding that guidance for routine COVID-19 testing varies between facilities and municipalities. And one major healthcare provider is questioning if routine testing has any benefit at all.

June 29, 2020

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Why Not Close A Portion Fourth Street For Outdoor Seating?

The area is home to many international restaurants and is informally called Restaurant Row by locals.

June 11, 2020

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Floods, Erosion, Algae: Is Lake Monroe A Sustainable Source Of Drinking Water For Bloomington?

Experts are trying to figure out how unusually high water levels may be increasing shoreline erosion and dangerous algae at the reservoir that supplies drinking water to the City of Bloomington.

February 27, 2020

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Faulty Collars Blamed For Deer Deaths In Bloomington

A DNR-funded study that was supposed to track urban deer roaming around Bloomington is drawing attention for other reasons.

December 11, 2019

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Are There Plans to Open a Barnes and Noble or New Bookstore in Bloomington?

In February of 2019, Bloomington’s Barnes and Noble closed its doors for good and left the community with an immense need for more books. Nancy Boerner, a retired collection development librarian and avid reader, had lost her favorite place to browse and find new books when Barnes and Noble closed. She then asked City Limits to find out if there were plans for Barnes and Noble to return and if there were any other bookstores planning on opening in the area.