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Offline ColDayMan

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Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« on: June 05, 2010, 09:23:59 PM »
2010 ColDay Series:

Part 1: Cincinnati, Columbus, & New York City
Part 2: Indianapolis, Detroit, & Cincinnati
Part 3: Bloomington, Indiana
Part 4: Smoky Chicago
Part 5: A New York Minute
Part 6: Cincinnati
Part 7: The Lake Erie Cities
Part 8: Toronto
Part 9: Hamilton
Part 10: The NFC East
Part 11: Louisville
Part 12: St. Louis


The home of Indiana University ain't bad!

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Goodbye, from the capital...

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 09:29:43 PM »
I was pleasantly surprised. Reminded me a lot of Lexington, Ky., but both are college towns essentially.

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 01:44:32 PM »
#5 down--same architect as Orton Hall??

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 06:28:48 PM »
Nice looking college town!

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010, 07:01:41 PM »
thanks for these.  Within Indiana, bloomington is heralded as this amazing urban oasis.  The interesting thing is their bus ridership numbers is expected to eclispe Indy's soon.  That would be a huge embarassment for Indianapolis. 

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2010, 12:07:05 AM »
Excellent! Bloomington is a delight, and it's easy to spend a lot of time just looking around the IU campus. They keep building, and the old buildings are kept up well, too. Visits there always bring back good memories.

thanks for these.  Within Indiana, bloomington is heralded as this amazing urban oasis.  The interesting thing is their bus ridership numbers is expected to eclispe Indy's soon.  That would be a huge embarassment for Indianapolis. 

Do you mean ridership on Campus Bus or on Bloomington Transit, or combined? They're separate entities so far, I think, but considering the squeeze that Indiana is putting on state university budgets, I expect to see them merged.

Student use of Campus Bus is covered in the student activity fee.

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2010, 01:05:44 AM »
Great pictures!  I've been through there a couple of times myself.  I had a cousin go to college at IU in the 1980s, including their championship year of 1987.  One thing I've noticed is that Bloomington does not have a Walgreen's pharmacy according to their website; the pharmacy locator lists Bedford as the closest location.  Did the city keep it out?  I seem to remember reading elsewhere on this page that it kept Wal*Mart out for the longest time.  (According to my 2011 Rand McNally atlas there is a Wal*Mart and a Sam's Club on Highway 45.)

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2010, 02:21:48 PM »
Never been! Great shots as always.

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2010, 11:19:39 PM »
thanks for these.  Within Indiana, bloomington is heralded as this amazing urban oasis.  The interesting thing is their bus ridership numbers is expected to eclispe Indy's soon.  That would be a huge embarassment for Indianapolis.

This evening I met the assistant general manager of Citilink, Fort Wayne's transit provider. Citilink and Bloomington Transit both are managed by McDonald Transit Associates, and she has worked in Bloomington. She said that BT tallied up 4 million rides last year, not including IU's Campus Bus system. That compares with approximately 2 million for Fort Wayne.

State funding is allocated based on ridership numbers, so Citilink is already in an unfavorable position compared with Bloomington, and if BT and Campus Bus merge, which quite a few people on the inside believe is likely, the ridership numbers will go through the roof, and the additional state money they get will be at the expense of other systems with lower numbers.

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Re: Recovery 2010: Bloomington, Indiana
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2010, 06:54:24 PM »
Not bad!