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Local businesses forced to relocate by Monroe Convention Center expansion

December 5th, 2019 No comments

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

December 5th, 2019 No comments

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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Finding a solution to affordable housing is complex

December 5th, 2019 No comments

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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Marijuana decriminalization in Bloomington is not likely in 2020

December 5th, 2019 No comments

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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Building sustainable and inclusive communities is SCIHO Director Deborah Myerson’s mission

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Sitting in her tidy office on the second floor of the Bloomington Housing Authority administrative building, Deborah Myerson manages projects to expand housing options for low- and moderate-income households.

 

“There are serious housing issues in this community for people that cannot afford to live here for various reasons partly because there is not enough supply being built,” she said.

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My Sister’s Closet director Sandy Keller aims to help those in need in Bloomington

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Sandy Keller stood among rows of full clothing racks in her store, My Sister’s Closet, while a table full of jewelry sparkled beside her. But among the colors and clothes, inspirational quotes decorated the walls – encouraging women to pursue success and overcome obstacles.

Keller hadn’t imagined herself running a non-profit, but she committed all her time to managing this store, whether or not it was the right time in her life to do so.

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Pizza X founder Jeff Mease continues to build a food empire in Bloomington

November 7th, 2019 No comments

As Jeff Mease walks through the upstairs dining room of Lennie’s Restaurant he holds a cup of coffee in a mug emblazoned with the word “Hive” and moves through tables, greeting each server he sees by name and shaking the hands of regulars seated at the bar.

At only 19 years old, Mease created one of the most iconic food brands in Bloomington, Pizza X. He describes his work as a labor of love, but for Mease the challenge to keep creating is never daunting.

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Bloomington residents don’t know much about city’s panhandling signs

November 6th, 2019 No comments

I dreaded this assignment the second it was mentioned in class. Although I never let it get in my way, interviewing strangers always makes me feel anxious – and that’s when I have done my research and it is a scheduled, planned out interview. The thought of stopping random Bloomington residents on the street in an unorganized interview sounded uncomfortable.

I chose a topic that I thought the Bloomington community would – at the least – know something about; however, I was unpleasantly surprised when most people I stopped to interview had no idea about the panhandling signs on East Kirkwood Avenue, even though three of my interviews took place next to the signs on Kirkwood.

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Bloomington residents hesitant to discuss inclusivity

November 6th, 2019 No comments

As a naturally introverted Midwesterner it is paralyzing to need to approach a stranger and ask to interview them and unthinkable to ask to take their picture, record their voice and then publish it on the internet.

I began the task of interviewing four random strangers by forming questions about inclusivity in Bloomington and going down to the city square. I started asking anyone who I could get to stop, if I could talk to them about their experiences. I had many strangers decline immediately, a few decline at their picture being taken and a couple at the idea of the interview being posted online.

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Interviewing random strangers about affordable housing proved difficult

November 6th, 2019 No comments

I was incredibly nervous for this assignment. I was worried about my topic about Bloomington’s housing market would be too boring. However, the people I spoke to had their own opinions on the housing market.

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