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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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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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Monroe County Airport Receives FAA Grant To Improve Taxiway

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.

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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 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?

December 12, 2019

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Will Barnes & Noble Ever Reopen In Bloomington?

Barnes & Noble closed the doors of its Bloomington location in February and it's uncertain if they'll return. But, another local book store is in the works.

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. 

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.