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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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Childcare in Bloomington: easy to find, difficult to afford

April 18th, 2019 No comments

When Emily Pike, executive director of New Hope Family Shelter in Bloomington, saw a 4-year-old girl from one of the shelter’s families come home from an unlicensed daycare with a nasty dog bite, she thought about what she could do to prevent something like that from happening to other children.

“What I do know is it broke my heart to watch this little girl have to go back to this same place where she was so scared, and where she had been really hurt,” she says.

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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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Rising housing costs push residents out of Bloomington

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Violinist Emily Nehus looked at her new home in amazement. She had spent the last 12 days building two houses, one of which was her own. After moving her family from apartment to apartment for around 17 years, she finally had a place to call home in Bloomington.

“I was just bawling on the last day,” she said. “This is my home.”

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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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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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Interviews with strangers spark thought-provoking conversation

March 28th, 2019 No comments

Before I went out into Bloomington to do this story, I was skeptical that people would know or care about the housing market. I was wrong. Everyone I encountered, whether they are new in Bloomington or long-time residents, had something to say.

My story follows the current housing market in Bloomington. My main focus is whether people want to live in houses or apartments and why. I also plan to dig deeper into how a college town controls its housing market when the university town plans to increase student population.

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Bloomington residents concerned about housing market imbalance

March 26th, 2019 No comments

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the current housing market and whether it is affordable, according to four random interviews along Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 16.

Opinions vary on the current housing market. With IU gradually bringing in more students, random Bloomington residents on the street said they are looking for affordable options and are stuck between houses and apartments.

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