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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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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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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?"

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.

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May 8, 2020

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Here's Where To Find COVID-19 Data

State and local leaders and health officials are monitoring various data sets surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2020

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Indiana Correction Officials Outline COVID-19 Precautions

Since the middle of March, inmates entering the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington have been monitored for any signs of sickness.

April 6, 2020

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What's With All The Planes Still Coming And Going From Monroe Co. Airport?

The Monroe County Airport will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic because the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) main concern is that airports stay safe and open to the public.

April 3, 2020

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Will Bloomington Follow Indy And Issue Tighter Travel Restrictions?

Mayor John Hamilton says Bloomington and Monroe County officials have not implemented any local travel restrictions, but that could change in coming weeks.

April 2, 2020

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Is The Stay-At-Home Order Enough To Avoid The Spread Of Coronavirus?

Now that nonessential businesses have closed, employees have been sent home and schools have all converted to e-learning, some Indiana residents wonder if the stay-at-home order is working — and what more can be done.

April 1, 2020

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Can Packages And Takeout Food Spread The Coronavirus?

If you bring a delivery into your house, wash your hands and don’t touch your face or your eyes.

March 31, 2020

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Bloomington Coronavirus Coverage: A Letter From The City Limits Team

Our team of reporters is committed to answering as many of your City Limits coronavirus questions as possible on our website, in our social media channels and when possible on radio and television reports. 

March 25, 2020

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Your 'Stay-At-Home' Questions Answered: Yes, You Can Do Yardwork

Coronavirus continues to be of great concern to area residents, who sent more than three dozen questions to our newsroom this week. Our City Limits team tackles many of them in today’s report.

March 19, 2020

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More Questions About The Coronavirus Answered

The situation with the novel coronavirus changes daily. We asked experts with IU Health and Indiana University's Department of Biology to tackle more of your questions sent in from City Limits.

March 12, 2020

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City Limits: Preparing For Coronavirus In Bloomington

Questions about coronavirus have dominated the news again this week, so we've compiled some information gathered from various sources for this week’s City Limits story.

March 6, 2020

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DNR Will Trap And Remove Collar From Remaining Bloomington Deer

A DNR official says the agency will work with Bloomington Animal Control to track the deer and remove its collar. There are two known cases of Bloomington deer that have been killed by the tracking collars.

March 5, 2020

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How Prepared Is Bloomington For COVID-19? An IU Official Answers Your Questions

What can you do to keep from getting sick? How long is the virus' incubation period? We asked IU's Director of Public Health to answer your inquiries about the new coronavirus in Indiana.

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.

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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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 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.