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For our local government, climate change is top of mind.

It was a big topic in the city primary election and has been a point of emphasis in the debates about future zoning laws, transportation policies and the Fourth Street Parking Garage. Pushing legislation that favors transportation other than cars, building affordable housing in neighborhoods and programs that encourage solar installations are among the tactics tried or discussed. 

City Limits wants your help digging into Bloomington’s responses to climate change.

You might wonder what impact more mass transportation would have, or even how to measure the kind of difference Bloomington and its citizens can have on such a massive issue.  

What questions do you have about tackling climate change on the local level?

We’ll use your questions to shape our coverage on radio, TV and online. We may even get in touch with you to learn more about your question and work together on an answer.

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

Climate Change In Bloomington

Oct 24, 2019

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Meat In The Middle: Ranchers, Climate Experts See Growth Of Plant-Based Alternatives

The plant-based protein market is growing — and fast. But how much of a difference does eating meat alternatives actually make?

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Aug 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.

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Jul 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.

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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?

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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 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 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 20, 2019

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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.

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.

June 6, 2019

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Does Bloomington Have A Senior Center? Yes, Sort Of

A decade ago Bloomington had a place near downtown where people in their 50s, 60s and older could come together and socialize.

May 30, 2019

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Bloomington's UDO Sparks Controversy Over Single Family Zoning Changes

As Bloomington works to revise its Unified Development Ordinance, residents have raised concerns that some of its changes may negatively impact traditional single-family neighborhoods.

May 23, 2019

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Housing Costs Force Median Wage Earners To Look Outside Bloomington

The median rent and home price in Bloomington means many people who could typically afford to buy a home are being priced out of the market.

May 16, 2019

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What's Bloomington Doing To Address Affordable Housing?

In part one of our series on affordable housing in Bloomington, we look at what the city is doing to address the issue.

May 9, 2019

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Tarzian: Creative, Inventive, Bloomington Leader

Sarkes Tarzian is a prominent figure in Bloomington history, but a growing number of people don't know much about his impact on the community.

May 2, 2019

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Are Gas Prices In Bloomington Higher Than The Rest Of The State?

Three local residents asked similar questions about gas prices in the city.

April 25, 2019

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Vote Now: Choose One Of The Next Stories For City Limits, Bloomington

Our team has been busy for several weeks answering your questions. Now we want to know what you would like us to answer next.

April 25, 2019

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How Does The City Of Bloomington Decide Where Sidewalks Should Go?

As part of our City Limits series we answer another question from one of our viewers who is curious about connectivity and the history of Bloomington's sidewalks.

April 18, 2019

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Monroe County Residents: Why Are Your Tax Payments Sent To Ohio?

Monroe County taxpayers are sending tax payments to a lock box in Ohio to make paying them safer and more efficient.

April 5, 2019

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Is The City Of Bloomington Working Toward Eliminating Cars Downtown?

As part of our City Limits project, we look to answer another question from one of our viewers who wants to know how the city is planning for the future of cars in downtown Bloomington.

February 26, 2019

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How Does The Cost Of Living In Bloomington Compare To The Rest Of Indiana?

A listener asked us how the cost of living in Bloomington compares to other parts of the state. We found the answer as part of our City Limits: Bloomington project.

February 15, 2019

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County Residents Face Transportation Challenges Outside Bloomington City Limits

As the first story of our Inquire Indiana project City Limits, we look at the challenges Monroe county residents face with transportation and what's being done to improve services for the future.