The Media School

Local businesses forced to relocate by Monroe Convention Center expansion

December 5th, 2019

My Sister’s Closet volunteer Laura Gottlieb is worried about what a forced relocation could do to the non-profit and the low-income women that rely on the store for help. With city-county plans to expand the Monroe County Convention Center, some businesses nearby are required to search for new locations

“I’m concerned that could have a negative impact,” she said. “I’m hoping that we’ll find a place that is a really good location, and hopefully it will not affect the women that we serve.”

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Bloomington’s constantly changing restaurant industry presents challenges for owners

December 5th, 2019

Bob Costello, owner of Village Deli, Soma, and Laughing Planet, described Bloomington restaurant landscape as constantly changing. In his 20 years owning the Deli, he’s seen some restaurants come and go quickly, while others survive and prosper.

Owning a restaurant in Bloomington has many internal and external challenges, he said.

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Unknown changes to come after protests against white supremacy at the Bloomington Farmers Market

December 5th, 2019

The Bloomington Farmers Market was less packed than usual on Saturday, making the purple shirts of Kate Blake and the other members of the Purple Shirt Brigade stand out as they gathered in the space directly across from the Schrooner Creek Farm stand. This week the protest group donned sashes that read “No Nazis” in place of protest signs.

“We are trying to find a way to follow the rules but also bring attention to the fact that this city is violating free speech basically,” said Blake.

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City of Bloomington and its residents look toward a sustainable future

December 5th, 2019

IU student Devin Mackay is appalled at the amount of waste he sees produced every day. As he walks to and from class, he sees full trash cans and citizens constantly throwing away their waste.

“I think it’s crazy how much trash we produce,” he said. “I just don’t see how it can be sustainable. … I think more people should be more conscious of what they produce to make their life more sustainable.”

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Independent businesses in Bloomington struggle to compete with online shopping and high rent

December 5th, 2019

The interior of Eric Brown’s Caveat Emptor in lined with used books that fill the air with the comforting smell of a good read. Recently, the space between the aisles doesn’t see as much foot traffic as 45-year-old owner would like.

“I don’t know that anyone really knows the identity of small business in Bloomington and the future of where it’s going to go especially downtown,” he says.

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LGBTQ community unfazed by hate group at Bloomington Farmer’s Market

December 5th, 2019

Opening his phone in August of 2019, Lane Wolf read a story on the IDS about fliers promoting a white supremist group in Bloomington. Wolf, a nonbinary 21-year-old from Larwill, IN, began performing drag in 2017 during his freshman year of college. He now prepared to return to the city as a junior knowing a hate group existed that wanted LGBTQ residents like him out. Instead of feeling Intimidated, Wolf found the fliers absurd.

“It’s ridiculous to be spouting such rhetoric in 2019, but some people don’t seem to be able to educate themselves,” He said.

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Finding a solution to affordable housing is complex

December 5th, 2019

Perry Township Trustee Dan Combs is aware of housing issues in the community. As a longtime Bloomington resident, he’s worked for many years to assist low-income residents and the homeless.

“The problem is people don’t have enough money,” Combs said. “You have to increase incomes, and you have to lower costs.”

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Bloomington does good job with the LGBTQ+ community

December 5th, 2019

Twenty-year-old Zhuoran Wang, a Chinese junior at IU, is gay. He knew who he was when he was in primary school. He was young, but he still worried about how to let his parents know, and by being gay, it would be hard for him to get married.
“I didn’t tell my parents about my sexual orientation,” he said. “I am not sure how they will react. I also did not want them to be anxious because I am gay.”

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Lack of funding felt in high school theater programs

December 5th, 2019

Bloomington High School South 2016 graduate Lindsey Bomba wrote reviews for the theater program in her freshman year. Now a 21-year-old IU senior, Bomba considers her BHSS theater experiences to be some of the most important in her education.

“I learned how to appreciate different things in life from a different perspective,” she said. “I’ve learned confidence and expression from being involved in the arts.”

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Marijuana decriminalization in Bloomington is not likely in 2020

December 5th, 2019

One World Enterprises CEO and co-founder Jeff Mease has been interested in the legalization of marijuana for years. As a local businessman, he is fascinated by the opportunities that decriminalization of cannabis and related drugs could have in Bloomington.

“If used safely, I think it could experience the same sort of growth model as craft breweries,” he said.

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