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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.

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.

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?

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June 10, 2021

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Jimmie Johnson and Phyllis Jenshak have been neighbors for about 17 years.

Bloomington's Annexation Proposal A Hard Sell For Some Non-City Residents

Bloomington’s mayor wants to catch up on the size of the city by annexing property in Monroe County’s jurisdiction into the city. The city’s last annexation took place in 2004.

June 3, 2021

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A photo of a row of multiplex houses in Bloomington.

New Bloomington Plex Ordinance Hasn't Stopped Disagreements As Plans Move Ahead

While some see the success of the controversial plex amendment as a victory for inclusion, affordability and environmental sustainability, others see a near apocalyptic attack on Bloomington’s neighborhoods.

May 27, 2021

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The entrance to the small dog park at Switchyard Park in Bloomington.

Bloomington's Switchyard Dog Park A Place To Let Your Pups Run Free

But there are places in the city where you can let your dog run free. The newest is a nearly seven-acre dog park at Switchyard Park.

May 20, 2021

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Limestone Fans Disappointed Over Use Of Brick

Limestone is a favorite, but building with it ultimately comes down to cost.

May 6, 2021

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The Bentley apartment complex is under construction on the corner of 11th Street and College Avenue.

How Many Downtown Apartments Are Too Many? That's An Ongoing Question

On the corner of 11th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington, construction workers race to complete another downtown apartment complex.

April 29, 2021

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A housing and neighborhood development sign.

What Is Affordable Housing? Bloomington And Monroe Co. Officials Weigh In

“If you’re living paycheck to paycheck $600 a month is close to what you can afford. But there’s nowhere in Bloomington where you can get a two-bedroom for $600. Nowhere.”  

April 23, 2021

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Holiday Inn Express

Booking A Hotel For IU's Commencement? Take Caution, Experts Say

IU Bloomington is hosting its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 8.

April 22, 2021

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A photo of a plex house in the Elm Heights neighborhood.

How Could Changes To The UDO Impact Bloomington's Core Neighborhoods?

One of the most controversial measures being considered is legalizing duplexes in most of the core neighborhoods, where they are currently not allowed.

April 15, 2021

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Dr. Jeff Hauswald

New MCCSC Superintendent Sees COVID Issues As Crucial

New MCCSC Superintendent Jeff Hauswald knows that many people with a stake in public education have questions about his plans for leading the corporation, but he just does not have many specific answers to give them.

April 8, 2021

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Man recycles at solid waste management district

When In Doubt, Throw It Out: The Dirty Truths About Local Recycling

It's disheartening that only 9% of plastics actually get recycled. Or that a little food residue can spoil tons of plastic and fiber recycling. But Hoosiers can find encouragement in their own state if they know where to look.

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April 1, 2021

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Remembering Razed Neighborhood At Second And Rogers

In the 1950s, Second and Rogers was the type of neighborhood that no longer exists - a neighborhood where nobody locked their door, and kids spent every hour of sunlight in the park. 

March 26, 2021

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Plan Commission Will Entertain The Idea Of Pausing Plex Amendment Adoption

Proponents of the pause believe it is necessary to keep discussing the issue and be thorough rather than adopting it into law and being stuck with the possible consequences.

March 25, 2021

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City Raising Water Rates To Help Replace Aging Water Lines

Four hundred thirty miles of pipe need to be replaced. Under the current budget, only two miles of pipe can be replaced per year.

March 18, 2021

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Local Drivers Question Purpose And Timing Of Bloomington Road Work

Bloomington residents find the city's many road projects make getting around town challenging. "Who instigated the project?" and "Why is it taking so long?" are two of the questions we answer in today's City's Limits.

March 4, 2021

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The Extent Of The Pandemic's Effect On Vulnerable Children Not Yet Fully Known

One listener asks about how children in foster care or awaiting adoption have been affected by the pandemic.

February 26, 2021

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5 Things You Need To Know About Bloomington's Proposed Law To Protect Homeless Encampments

The proposal is in response to the city removing tents from Seminary Park on multiple occassions this winter despite local organizations and public officials urging against it. 

February 25, 2021

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Bloomington Officials Split On Ordinance That Would Protect Homeless Camps

The proposed law would ban the city from removing homeless encampments, like the ones seen in Seminary Park this winter, unless sufficient housing options are available.

February 25, 2021

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Black History In Southern Indiana: Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants In Bloomington

Our look back at Black history in Southern Indiana stays right here in Bloomington, where reporter Mitch Legan tackles a City Limits question: What's the city's history of racially restrictive housing covenants?

February 18, 2021

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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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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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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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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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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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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?"

September 10, 2020

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Do People Have To Wear Masks While Exercising On The B-Line Trail?

We had more than one question to our City Limits: Coronavirus project about what the rules are on the B-Line Trail in light of tightened rules during the pandemic.

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.