By: Diane Benjamin
See this story is you forgot: https://blnnews.com/2022/04/24/69-million-for-water-projects-so-you-wont-notice-the-cii-east-giveaways/
That story is from last April. I was in Downtown Bloomington yesterday. Many of the roads are new, the flowers pots are gorgeous, and the raised beds have actually been taken care of.
I don’t see why downtown needs a streetscape plan since by day there are a bunch of lawyers and people going to court and at night the bars flourish. I didn’t see a lot of people, Uptown had many but of course they have a college.
Downtown looks much better now than it did. Who does Bloomington think will flock to the new walkable downtown for the now invisible development? Are you going to drive to downtown, park in garage, and walk around downtown? The Farmer’s Market is big, anything else?
Meanwhile the CII East property hasn’t changed much. Somebody pulled the huge weeds from the flower boxes, but soon they will need to do it again:
This isn’t the only eyesore downtown. A streetscape plan won’t fix empty buildings or remove all the asbestos in them and underground.
Bloomington is now going to start looking for grants. Don’t worry, they aren’t tax dollars. 😫