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Old 02-09-2011, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Downtown Indianapolis
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Bloomington is really two different places. A good chunk of the people there are there strictly because of Indiana University (students, professors, etc). Another good chunk are the "townies" who are mostly just your typical rural Indiana resident.

So the answer to the OP is both yes and no. It's liberal and progressive if you're looking at the people who are there because of the University. But the regular "townies" who live there are anything but liberal and progressive. They are no different than other people in any rural Indiana town.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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Bloomington is a pretty amazing town. I believe that it's the closest thing you'll find to a truly liberal, progressive town in Indiana. The University environment is exciting, and provides lots of opportunities to take in all sorts of cultural activities, from opera to jazz, and from fine art to poetry. The Kelly School of Business is a top-ranked business school, and the Jacobs School of Music is world-renowned. It's at least as accepting of diverse culture as any place you'll find in Indiana, and I'd rank it high on the tolerance scale. Bloomington can be very walkable and bikeable, and there are dozens of local restaurants, a great farmer's market, and Bloomingfoods is definitely a place you'll enjoy.

Good luck in your move!

Joe Shoemaker
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MacDuff Realty Group
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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Bloomington is really two different places. A good chunk of the people there are there strictly because of Indiana University (students, professors, etc). Another good chunk are the "townies" who are mostly just your typical rural Indiana resident.

So the answer to the OP is both yes and no. It's liberal and progressive if you're looking at the people who are there because of the University. But the regular "townies" who live there are anything but liberal and progressive. They are no different than other people in any rural Indiana town.
This is a very accurate assessment. Bloomington and IU are two different entities, and there are plenty of residents who are not affiliated with the university.

University culture tends to be progressive for obvious reasons, and college towns retain a sizable chunk of their graduates--and Bloomington is no exception in that regard. But outside of the university's influence, it's clearly a Southern Indiana town at its core.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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Ah, I think she was asking about Bloomington Indiana.
Yes it is liberal, yes there are lots of health food stores. Yes there is an openly gay and lesbian community. It is a small intense spot of Blue in a sea of Red. Not that there aren't conservatives and libertarians but mostly relaxed liberals. Probably from having the population 50% college student since the 1850's. Lots of culture, arts, ballet, music, great ethnic restaurants. Like most places right now the job market is not so good but that's no suprise.
Both Bloomingfoods and SaharaMart have all the granola you could desire. Bloomingfoods is a large co-op with 3 locations, SaharahMart is mostly ethnic food and supplements in two locations.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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Whatever you do, as far as Bloomington goes, STAY AWAY FROM CFC! They are the worst landlord in TOWN! CFC, Inc. rips off their tenants and will NOT work with them on leases, subleasing, etc. This horrible landlord owns the following crappy and overpriced apartments: Bicycle Apartments, The Kirkwood, Jackson Heights, Maxwell Terrace, Knightridge Apartments, and many, many more bad places in town. Avoid at all costs!
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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I am graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington. Yes, it is more liberal than the rest of the state and it was rated as one of the top 10 gay friednly cities in the USA. They have a gay film fest every year. It is surrounded by much more conservative areas. It is a bit of an island.

There is tons of hiking, caving, biking etc. Every year there is the Hilly Hundred that is a two day bike race there covering 100 miles.

There are also a lot of good restaurants there.
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