FEATURES

Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

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A Magical Fish and the City it Spawned

One hundred and 11 years ago, work was completed on our courthouse in the Square. But the origins of that building, of the weathervane in the shape of a fish that adorns its summit, and of Bloomington itself, all took place—depending on how you look at it—either a century earlier or 250 million years ago. Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, novelist, teacher—our Mark Twain—casts a wondrous, pondering eye on that weathervane. This story first appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of Bloom. On the occasion of the city’s bicentennial, we felt it worthy of being published again.

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Saturday Mornings at the Farmers’ Market

If you want to get a real feel for Bloomington, there’s no better place than the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, held from April through November in Showers Plaza, alongside the
B-Line Trail.

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Galleries of Bloomington 2018

Among Indiana communities, Bloomington has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in the arts. It was the first city in the state to establish an official Statewide Cultural District (the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, or BEAD) through the Indiana Arts Commission and the first to pass a “percent for art” ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for publicly funded capital improvement projects go toward public art.

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COVER STORY: Homes Curated with Heart (PHOTO GALLERY)

In recent years, the verb “curate” has escaped the halls of museums and been used to describe the way a home is put together. Each of the homes featured here displays the owners’ commitment to selecting, organizing, and presenting their private spaces for maximum satisfaction and ease.

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Gardens Well Planned (PHOTO GALLERY)

All gardens are unique, of course, and reflect the individual passions of the people who conceptualize and create them. Behind every spectacular garden there is a defining purpose and a resolve to create a particular type of garden. Presented here are three gardens that successfully realize their owners’ ambitions.

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Bloomington United Is Back

With hate crimes at their highest national 
level in years and mass shootings occurring 
with horrifying regularity, this anti-racism, 
pro-diversity organization has regrouped and 
is ready to respond to acts of prejudice and 
intolerance in our community.

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FEATURES

Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

Read More

A Magical Fish and the City it Spawned

One hundred and 11 years ago, work was completed on our courthouse in the Square. But the origins of that building, of the weathervane in the shape of a fish that adorns its summit, and of Bloomington itself, all took place—depending on how you look at it—either a century earlier or 250 million years ago. Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, novelist, teacher—our Mark Twain—casts a wondrous, pondering eye on that weathervane. This story first appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of Bloom. On the occasion of the city’s bicentennial, we felt it worthy of being published again.

Read More

Saturday Mornings at the Farmers’ Market

If you want to get a real feel for Bloomington, there’s no better place than the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, held from April through November in Showers Plaza, alongside the
B-Line Trail.

Read More

Galleries of Bloomington 2018

Among Indiana communities, Bloomington has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in the arts. It was the first city in the state to establish an official Statewide Cultural District (the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, or BEAD) through the Indiana Arts Commission and the first to pass a “percent for art” ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for publicly funded capital improvement projects go toward public art.

Read More

COVER STORY: Homes Curated with Heart (PHOTO GALLERY)

In recent years, the verb “curate” has escaped the halls of museums and been used to describe the way a home is put together. Each of the homes featured here displays the owners’ commitment to selecting, organizing, and presenting their private spaces for maximum satisfaction and ease.

Read More

Gardens Well Planned (PHOTO GALLERY)

All gardens are unique, of course, and reflect the individual passions of the people who conceptualize and create them. Behind every spectacular garden there is a defining purpose and a resolve to create a particular type of garden. Presented here are three gardens that successfully realize their owners’ ambitions.

Read More

Bloomington United Is Back

With hate crimes at their highest national 
level in years and mass shootings occurring 
with horrifying regularity, this anti-racism, 
pro-diversity organization has regrouped and 
is ready to respond to acts of prejudice and 
intolerance in our community.

Read More

The Fight to Save Our Forests and Wildlife

There was a time when the whooping crane had no protections. Back then, there was no Endangered Species Act, no national wildlife refuges—in fact, the very concept of the environment as something to be protected, or even considered, was utterly foreign.

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25 Couples Who Contribute to Our Community (COVER STORY / PHOTO GALLERY)

The virtues of volunteering can’t be overstated—the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too—a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy. 

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Remembering The Hole

For three decades, it was the place where members of Bloomington’s African American community could be themselves and have a good time. Then, it all came crashing down.

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Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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New Hope for Families

The nonprofit agency that provides temporary housing for homeless families may soon find itself homeless unless the community comes to the rescue.

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Voices of Recovery: Eight Inspiring Stories of Life After Addiction (COVER STORY)

Part eight of our eight-part composite—Kevin Bruce: “His exposure to addictive substances growing up was somewhat typical—pilfered cigarettes and alcohol as a young teen, greater amounts purchased illegally when he was older. It wasn’t until he went to college that it became clear he was becoming addicted. In 1962, Kevin was accepted at Brown University. He says he chose Brown, in part, because his older brother went there. But also because, he says, ‘Underage drinking was a matter of course and part of the culture.'”

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The Plight of Asylum-Seekers

With a hold on refugees being resettled in our town, the Bloomington Refugee Support Network has turned its attention to helping those in desperate straits already here.

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COVER STORY: A New Era Begins

Only three times before, in 1905, 1916, and 1923, has Indiana 
University started an academic year with new head coaches in 
both football and men’s basketball. 
Expectations are high.

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High-Tech Bloomington On The Rise (GALLERY)

For the past decade, multiple stakeholders have been seeding Bloomington with infrastructure, venture capital, accelerator programs, and more in an effort to attract and retain high-tech companies. Now those efforts are paying off.

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