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Ironically intangible: perception of independent bookstores doesn’t match reality

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Amani Haddox, a voracious reader and 18-year-old student at IU, loves shopping at bookstores. He has enjoyed browsing bookshelves since he was young, but he fears the market for independent vendors is failing.

“So, it’s dying, but at a slow pace,” he said. “Online is on the rise. Finding actual, like, physical books? No. That’s dying.”

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Bloomington may not have the best job market for international residents

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Fourth year IU graduate student Hyejin Park, a 37-year-old South Korea native, knows numerous international residents, of multiple ethnicities, but mostly fellow Koreans, who have difficulties finding legal, part-time jobs.

“I think language is maybe the largest barrier, and the second one is maybe culture, like accepted-ness,” she said.

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Mold issues mark transitional time for Bloomington student housing

April 18th, 2019 No comments

IU junior Sam Neidermann didn’t know what lay ahead when he agreed last summer to live at Evolve, one of the newest state-of-the-art choices for student housing in Bloomington. As a first-year transfer student from the University of Alabama, he thought Evolve seemed like the perfect option and was convinced to sign a 12-month lease.

“The location is prime,” he said. “It’s convenient. It looked like a very attractive option from what they advertised.”

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Local restaurants push back against chains

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Green basil grows in pots in sunny front windows of local restaurant Farm Bloomington, the second Certified Green restaurant in Bloomington and only the fifth in Indiana. Facing downtown Kirkwood Avenue, Farm is full of recycled furniture and locally sourced food, but 20-year-old Bloomingtonian Satchel Wyatt fears the threat of encroaching chain restaurants on the local flavor.

“I like chain restaurants, even in important places.” Wyatt said. “I just don’t like seeing local businesses fail because of competition from huge companies.”

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Economic and Sustainable Development’s Brian Payne thrives in Bloomington

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Brian Payne sat comfortably on his black-cushioned chair in a City Hall conference room in downtown Bloomington, clapping his hands after the lights automatically shut off.

Surrounded by white walls, tattooed with city maps and historical photographs, his eyes squinted through his Ingram Clear MVMT glasses while grinning infectiously.

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Kurtis Cummings finds new meaning with Switchyard Brewing Company

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Leaning back on an aged leather couch near the back corner of the taproom, Kurtis Cummings, coffee in hand, looks on proudly as the morning light hits the windows encasing Switchyard Brewing Company. It’s the beginning of another day of guest lectures, community outreach, and an opportunity to spread the word about one of the newest additions to the Bloomington community.

“I’m actually about to go on campus here in a minute and talk to an entrepreneurship class,” he says, smiling. “They’re probably not going to like what I have to say.”

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Eliminating housing poverty is Habitat for Humanity CEO Wendi Goodlett’s goal

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

In Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County CEO Wendi Goodlett’s office, the star of the room is a framed poster of Habitat’s 2007 Women Build event. Her predecessor hung the poster, and when Goodlett moved into the office in July 2018, she realized that this event was her first ever with Habitat.

“I got my start with Habitat at Women Build in 2007, and I didn’t know anything other than that they build houses and they get to pay an interest free mortgage,” said Goodlett. “I got to work alongside the homeowner that day and get to know her a little better. I was hooked immediately. I just fell in love with it.”

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IU grad moves back to Bloomington to open his own business

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

SLCT Stock has just recently celebrated the one-year anniversary and renewed the lease for another two years. With such success with the store in Bloomington, Nick Ayala said he is planning to open another store in Boulder.

Ayala’s dressed in a graphic old t-shirt with jeans sits at the counter crunching numbers on his laptop. The sticker displayed reads  “SLCT Stock,” which stands for Sneakers, Lifestyle, Clothing and Treasures, the shop he opened last year.

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Political scientist, Ryan Conway becomes farmer and environmental advocate

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

A Bloomington Food Policy council meeting seems perfectly usual until a tall bearded sustainability expert with a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois puppy on a leash walks in, determined to change Bloomington’s food network.“

For me a political scientist to suddenly convert myself into being a farmer just seemed like this amazing challenge that would teach me so much about the real work and the food system,” a 34-year-old policy coordinator from St. Louis, Ryan Conway said.

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Interviewing Bloomington residents difficult, but worthwhile

March 28th, 2019 No comments

Throughout early February, I went out into the streets of downtown Bloomington to find out what the locals think of a current issue involved with my beat, labor and the economy. With the recent federal government shutdown fresh in people’s minds, I kept my questions focused on the area’s current job market.

It certainly wasn’t easy, as I battled poor weather, a lingering fever, nerves and several uninterested residents. Ultimately, I was pleased to meet the people I did and happy with the answers what I found out.

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