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Timeline

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Past-Present-Future

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Comprehensive Plan

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Stakeholder

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Concept Research

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Survey

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Acknowledgements 2018 Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County Program Kirkwood Business Owners Director of Public Works: Adam Wason Assistant Director Economic Development for the Arts: Sean Starowitz Downtown Bloomington, Inc.: Talisha Coppock Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County Alumna: Lisa Simmons-Thatcher

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From Left: Adam Gross - Ivy Tech Chris Reinhart - Cripe Architects Brandon O'Leary - Indiana University Denean Gillenwater - NSWC Crane Eric Scott - NSWC Crane Ross Neely - Indiana University

Resources City of Blomington Comprehensive Plan Switchyard Park Master Plan 2008 Scan|Design Interdisciplinary Master Studio - University of Washington HeraldTimesOnline.com 1996 - Mr. Mike Leonard (September 6, 1996) Monroe County History Museum https://bloomingtonthenandnow.wordpress.com/tag/bloomington-then-andnow/https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/plan/comprehensive-plan


Foreword

Leadership Bloomington - Monroe County

Each year, professionals who are broadly representative of Bloomington and Monroe County participate in this leadership program to prepare for greater involvement in community life. The capstone of the class includes a group project focusing on a need or opportunity in the community. To date, more than 900 local leaders have graduated from LBMC. As part of this year's Leadership Bloomington Monroe County cohort, a small team was assembled to take a closer look at the east end of Kirkwood Avenue and explore potential opportunities to leverage and celebrate its renown culture and reputation.

As part of the project, the team explored a variety of options for highlighting emphasis on east Kirkwood Avenue, its stakeholders and patrons. Specifically: * What works and what doesn't work on Kirkwood Avenue today? * What is your perspective on various proposed uses: * Occasional Event Space * Expanded pedestrian space / reduced vehicular access * Additional public amenities (restrooms, art installations, ...) * Dedicated food truck parking * Other opportunities you see for Kirkwood Obviously, this is a notional opportunity, but its exciting to think about the potential for continuing Kirkwood's theme as a destination location for visitors and Bloomington residents alike. We really need and value your input as we begin to identify pros, cons and potential ideas.

Our Team would like to thank you all, and hope this work will make a difference not only in the education of our community leaders, but also in the positive, sustainable evolution of Kirkwood as a Destination Location and Community Asset

Introduction

Leadership Bloomington Monroe County (LBMC) is a program offered in partnership between IU Alumni Association and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Its focus is to build a stronger community by identifying a diverse cross-section of local emerging leaders and preparing them for roles in shaping the future.

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Kirkwood as a Community Asset - Project Timeline Team The team is comprised of leaders who live and work in the Monroe County vicinity. All have participated as part of the Leadership Bloomington Monroe County program as an opportunity to meet leaders from other companies and to leverage their knowledge in a complementary way to forward an idea or potential opportunity for future engagement.

Why Kirkwood Avenue?

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• Presentation to Kirkwood Business Owners Group

May 2018

• LBMC Final Report and Recommendations

• Survey Closed

April 2018

• Research at Monroe Hisotry Center

• Survey Launched

• Interview - Kirkwood Business Owners

• Interview - City of Bloomington

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• Interview - Downtown Bloomington, Inc

• Email to Stakeholders

• Research of Historic Photos

• Research Monroe County Public Library

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• Project Downselect

• Team Formation

• LBMC Kickoff

October 2017

Team members are interested in economic development within the downtown Bloomington area. Yet, they desire to maintain the inherent small town vibe and culture traditionally enjoyed in Bloomington, especially Kirkwood Avenue with its iconic history and gateway to Indiana University.


Project Timeline November 2017: - Met as a greater group under the umbrella of wanting to look at Kirkwood Avenue in a variety of ways December 2017: - Research of Kirkwood's Past, Present and Future - Research of historic photos of Kirkwood January 2018: - Meeting with Ms. Talisha Coppock, Downtown Bloomington, Inc. - Team members determined what questions to ask at an upcoming Stakeholder's meeting with the Kirkwood Business Owners February 2018: - Meeting with Mr. Adam Wason, City of Bloomington Director of Publis Works Department and Mr. Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director Economic Development for the Arts. Team members met to discuss the City's interest in Kirkwood and their plan for ideas for the future of Kirkwood. - Meeting with Kirkwood Business Owners Association. Team members met with a small group of Kirkwood Business owners who met meet monthly. This resulted in a better understanding of recent iniatives that have improved the image of Kirkwood and an overview of the finanaiclal impact events and changes may have on the stakeholder community at large. March 2018: - Survey Launched - Research of historic Kirkwood plans at Monroe Hisotry Center

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April 2018: - Survey data captured for LBMC Presentation - Final Presentation to LBMC program cohort May 2018: - Presentation to Kirkwood Business Owners

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Past - Present - Future

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Past - Present - Future EARLY MONROE COUNTY Monroe County was created in 1818, two years after Indiana statehood. The first white settlers were farmers, hunters, and entrepreneurs, who opened gristmills and stores. Prior to settlement, some Native Americans, including the Delaware, Miami, and Potawatomi, used this area primarily for hunting. Most of the early settlers came from the Upland South, from Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia. Pre-twentieth century, imagine cows and chickens wandering loose and ox teams plodding the muddy streets of Bloomington. As the railroads came to Bloomington in the 1850s, the city installed sewers enlarged and antiquated water system and pave with bricks on 70 blocks of street and sidewalks. By 1910 a city ordinance prohibited the free run of chickens and in paved brick streets of Bloomington. With the population doubling, construction of a courthouse, city hall, five churches, two railroad stations, two theaters, a gas and electric plant, a new library, a post office and McCalla grade school, Bloomington industries were flourishing. By mid-20 twentieth century after the Wars the Great Depression hit and crippled some business. Bloomington’s economy stayed a floated with newly available funds from various Federal relief programs to augment other revenues. Indiana University went through a building boom with the construction of Bryan Hall, Myers Hall, the Music Building, the Auditorium, and completion of the Memorial Union. By the late 20th century Downtown Bloomington declined. With the help of private investors and government partnership, Bloomington renovated its downtown buildings and promoted its local businesses, restaurants, bars, and other business benefited from the proximity of downtown. FUTURE PLANS Bloomington wants to maintain its small town feel and historic character. • City is creating Parklets (Parking spot turned into park) • Maintain Historic Character: • Support Local Businesses • Promote Walking, Biking and Public Transit: • Promote a Sustainable Downtown • Optimize Parking FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS • 2040 transportation plan is in the works and will be an important piece of the puzzle The plan could discuss closures / turning Walnut / College into 2-way streets SOURCES 2018 Comprehensive Plan City of Bloomington http://www.bloomingpedia.org/wiki/Kirkwood_Avenue https://www.visitbloomington.com/about-us/community/history/ https://bloomingtonthenandnow.wordpress.com/

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2018 City of Bloomington Comprehensive Plan Downtown Goals GOAL 4.1 Maintain Historic Character: Encourage redevelopment that complements and does not detract from the Downtown's historic, main-street character.

GOAL 4.2 Support Local Businesses: Encourage and support local businesses, the arts, and cultural events Downtown.

GOAL 4.3 Promote Walking, Biking and Public Transit: Promote walking, biking and public transit for all ages and abilities by integrating housing, and employment, with entertainment, shopping and other forms of commerce.

GOAL 4.4 Diversify Housing: Encourage a range of diverse housing types in the Downtown and nearby areas where appropriate, with an emphsis on affordable and workforce housing.

GOAL 4.5 Promote a Sustainable Downtown: Seek to establish Downtown as a model of sustainability, with special attention to inclusivity and safety.

GOAL 4.6 Optimize Parking: Encourage attractive, cost effective, convenient, and environmentally friendly public and private motor vehicale and bicycle parking facilities.

Source for Plan: https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/plan/comprehensive-plan

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Here are handful of the “Programs,” related to “Downtown Vitality and Sense of Place” • Develop measures that limit the pace and extent of student housing in Downtown to steer market forces towards more non-student and affordable housing opportunities. • Conduct a retail market assessment to identify what is currently missing, based on market demand, in the Downtown landscape to help encourage more retail diversity and promote business development. • Utilize the City of Bloomington’s Gigabit-class fiber Internet services to promote and increase both Downtown business and visitor activity. • Consult with stakeholders to find the best option for the installation of public restrooms downtown. …from “Programs” for “Downtown Design” • Update and revise the Downtown overlay districts and the Vision and Infll Strategy Plan with “form-based code” guidelines for building forms and massing that relate to the street and the pedestrian, whether through traditional architectural forms or other compatible new designs. • Create a design or architectural review committee with representatives from the Common Council for Downtown approvals. • Make streetscape and other public improvements to Downtown focus areas and gateways. …and from “Programs” for “Downtown Transportation and Parking” • Create a plan for improving multimodal connectivity within the Downtown area. • Collaborate with the City’s Parking Commission to lead the development of a Parking Management Plan that includes programs to promote alternative transportation modes. • Increase covered parking for bicycles. • Work with Bloomington Transit to add more bus shelters where they are most needed. Interestingly, many of the goals in the Bloomington Comprehensive plan are echoed in the sentiment of the respondents to the survey. As you look at the results of the survey and consider your own viewpoints on the questions, compare how you feel with the goals and programs of the Bloomington Comprehensive Plan. If you feel strongly about issues related to Kirkwood, Downtown, or other planning issues, 2018 is an exciting time. The City is currently redrafting its Unified Development Ordinance. Simply put, the UDO takes the ideas set forth in the guiding document of the Bloomington Comprehensive Plan and turns them into a series of laws. The UDO process is transparent and offers many opportunities for engagement from any community stakeholder. See the snip below from the public kickoff meeting by the consulting firm, Clarion, that shows the timeline and the moments for public input throughout the process.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The Bloomington Comprehensive Plan “is a set of goals, policies, maps, illustrations, and implementation strategies that state how the City of Bloomington should address development: physically, socially, and economically.” The first such plan was created in 1991 and was called at the time the “Growth Policies Plan.” The second edition of the GPP was adopted in 2002. Our current plan, under the new name Bloomington Comprehensive Plan is the third plan, and it was recently adopted in late 2017. The document is broad and the topics it covers relate to Kirkwood Avenue in many ways—too many to be covered here. So, the following sections of the UDO are only those from the “Downtown” chapter, but interested readers are encouraged to read the entire Comprehensive Plan.

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Notes from Meeting with Kirkwood Business Owners Village Deli, 10am, 8 February 2018 Adam Gross and Chris Reinhart from LBMC Group in Attendance Proceedings: Welcome New Attendees Parking Survey – Encourage employees to fill out survey • Government has been subsidizing parking permits since 2010… looking at an increase to reflect true cost of spaces. • Transportation committee – some “interesting” suggestions that need input one way or the other • Food trucks – visit the issue with Rollo and Ruff to do in a working session – perhaps go back to original proposal (75 feet instead of 50 feet) – would eliminate food trucks on Kirkwood – perhaps amendment that treats Kirkwood the same as the square Questions from LBMC Group: 1. What is the value of Kirkwood as a cultural /tourism location for Bloomington? o Heart of Bloomington (Rags) lots of foot traffic – car traffic – gateway from downtown to University to Sample Gates o The connection between campus and downtown and the city in many cases – lots of students that don’t think Bloomington goes as west as Crazy Horse – To students, “This” is Bloomington o Selling point for University – how is “trouble” affecting freshman orientation (May June July) – normally encourage families to go to Kirkwood to see what Bloomington is like – this past year Kirkwood was not presenting the best “face” 2. From your perspective what are the biggest challenges facing Kirkwood? o Safe “for now” would like to see it stay that way o Don’t want to see it go back to the time when there were “criminal issues” – there was a point when people did not want to come down here o Bond between businesses – need everyone to feel safe o Macro level – looking 10 and 20 years down the road as a “vision” of what Kirkwood could be (housing, retail, entertainment) how do we balance all the competing interests to have a healthy corridor o Look back 30 years – no one wanted to live here – no one wanted to live downtown – o Need a balance of living and working so that there is a successful “ecosystem” – now we have success and need to balance all types of things – criminal elements that feed off mass of people – want to put the “right” things here” and o How do we keep this very healthy environment o Relieved at increase of attention that is being paid to behavior that wasn’t civil in the last few years – sheer numbers of people coming community with what have not legal behaviors – was getting dicey for us on a daily basis - customers were staying away – we’re not into ethnic cleansing or social cleansing… as long as people follow the law, then we have no problems with that – there was a period for time that we were afraid to come to work o We are great at crisis.. we are not great at continuing the momentum – we “solved” the issues that were happening here, but because we are running businesses, we do not have the energy to continue energy – what do we do with that now that we have the place safe and available for everyone’s use o Continue to promote this area

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When was the last time you recall Kirkwood being closed for a special event? o 90th anniversary – extremely successful people have the great time o I have thought about it for years (rags) – closing it as a pedestrian o Talk of Evansville as failed pedestrian o Talk of big dig from 2000 From your perspective how did the closing go? What impact did it have on your business / organization? o All businesses went down during the big dig o When Nicks has o Driverless bus – business was down for 2 days o Wasn’t much notice o Lotus typically has a negative impact on business, but there is a marginal effect on business – was much better o As opposed to facing inward (Handmade market) – sometimes the way that the event is laid out can make an impact What was the most successful event you can recall on Kirkwood? What made it successful? What was the worst Kirkwood even you can recall, what led to the outcome? Who are other stakeholders we should be talking about o We’re in transition now… new hotel, new housing near CVS – will be new stakeholders o What channels do we go through? o People that use services down here – talk to the customers o Churches (Chairman of Church Council at First Methodist)… churches now have a parking problem… “if you can’t park next to a church – you will find a different church” That’s why we bought the old post office – we need 250 parking spots or we are out of business – central to the churches is serving an urban o Tlk to Planning department – that will be working on CMP and UDO updates – they are academic experts o Seen towing on a Friday night with another adjacent business – agreements between owners for during after hours time parking for sharing parking Do you have a vision for what Kirkwood looks like in the next 10 years? Are there infrastructure needs for Kirkwood for special events What would be helpful as an outcome from our group? o Marketing, positive image… diversity, entertainment, o Ongoing basis, helping to present image o Present family vibe – bring your family, not just a place for bars o Sometimes there’s more traffic at 2am than 2pm, there’s a lot to share during the day o Rags- we get a lot of foot traffic –Promote families to come in… on Saturday afternoon – place is filled with kids o Issue with food trucks – need to clean up after themselves (taking advantage of the situation)

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Street are one of most valuable city assets, lots of tax $ support streets so they don’t need to be only used for cars. Current administration is supportive of closures that add value to the community, not for private / exclusive events When comparing Bloomington we like to look at other College driven metros Two comparisons to look at: a. Madison, Wisconsin - State Street b. Boulder, Colorado - Pearl Street BEAD Bloomington was 1st in state (economic arts district), now 13 in area Kirkwood, public safety is growing concern There is a standard application process to close any street requires 30 days minimum, 90 days is requested. a. Notify impacted businesses b. Sustainability and waste plan c. Security plan d. Board of public works is public exposure of idea Successful closures a. Lotus festival, downtown construction has impacted locations from year to year b. Pride festival (started smaller street and has grown to Kirkwood) c. Little 500 bike sprints d. Criterium Bike Race e. Good Catholic premiere Unsuccessful closures a. Open street started on Kirkwood b. City prefers new events start smaller and move towards Kirkwood as success grows Alcohol requires fencing and controlled access Inform everyone as early as possible, businesses see benefits from active streets, business has valid concerns Sales can be down for local businesses Working on Bicentennial days celebration which may have a 12-4 closure

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2040 transportation plan is an important piece of the puzzle a. May discuss closures / turning Walnut / College into 2 way streets Concerns of more permanent closure a. Businesses have to be on board b. north south has to be open c. Kirkwood is not a major mover of cars but 120 spaces have to be replaced How to finance is a concern. Columbus Ohio has a sustainable model of a Business improvement district. Revenue from the district is controlled by the district board so business in area control investment a. 60-65% of businesses have to opt in b. Funding goes to physical improvements and services (social, police, city ambassadors to answer questions) c. Since businesses are in control, they can do things like shared outdoor restaurant seating Infrastructure that would be nice to have a. Automated barriers b. Electric w meters c. Water hookup / grey water d. Pedestrian scale lighting e. 12-15 foot sidewalks f. Treescapes g. Design space 8-80 stuff for all ages and physical abilities Thoughts on turning Kirkwood into pedestrian mall a. Would really require business buy in b. “The slower a wallet moves in front of store the greater its chance of opening� c. Financing for major infrastructure Thoughts on a series of closures: a. Good idea, would help test the idea and show it works b. A lot of thought into what is good time, peak time, may want to do it when students are in town c. First Thursdays at IU could be a natural tie-in City is creating a Parklet (parking spot turned into park) Other people to talk to: a. Beth Rosenbarger, Bloomington Transportation b. Police Department - Scott Oldham

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Application Process This application is for approval by the Board of Public Works for the use of public rights of way owned by the City of Bloomington.

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Pedestrian Mall Concept Pros/Cons/Considerations PROS • Freedom to exploit center of roadway for walking and street vendors • Allows for shops to sprawl out onto the sidewalks • Outside seating for restaurants • Allows for outdoor stage, theater, etc. • IU focused events or extension of the campus (pre-games/student orientation/etc. • Increase in interaction, potential collaboration, community involvement • Less congestion, noise and fumes • Safer for pedestrians • Seems to align with Bloomington’s existing culture CONS • Stores tend to close early, leaving after hours almost deserted • Draws homeless persons, addicts, etc. • Public Safety - Need for increase in security/police services • Lack of focus/purpose/vision/strategy – What is the reason for the Pedestrian Mall? • Difficult for deliveries – maybe limited hours or side street access only? • Can be difficult for emergency services • 89% Failure Rate – Seems to have more success in college towns

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CONSIDERATIONS • Need to consider venue/playground, etc. for children • Need to allow for some type of public transportation, tram or other to aid in occupancy (To/From parking garages, etc), driverless cars? • Need green space and shade for summer • Need warming areas or small shelter areas for winter • Smoking in designated areas • Need of power • Need of restrooms • Funding? • Ownership/Leadership? – Parks and Rec? Other? • Fountains/Landscape/Statues • Sustainment/Maintenance • Bikes allowed? • Handicap Accessible? • Switchyard Park Master Plan? Does it conflict or compliment? • Pets allowed? • Tech savvy tie-in, such as Amazon lockers, grocery vending/kiosk, Wi-Fi hotspot, charging stations, draw for next generation residents, LED screens, • Food Trucks • What type of pedestrian traffic are we trying to engage? • Something for the gaming community? • Co-working spots for teleworking professionals? • Future – More connected, interactive, information driven and international environment • Turn the area into an experience/destination, instead of just a quick place to visit.

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/23/2018 Contact: Brandon O’Leary 812-727-7922 LBMCKirkwood@gmail.com Does Kirkwood Avenue Have A Future? Group seeks community input on iconic street’s future. Bloomington, IN – As construction cranes work to reshape the skyline of Bloomington’s iconic Kirkwood Avenue, a community group has asked the question: What is the plan for Kirkwood’s future? The group concluded there is no clear vision, so today members of the Leadership Bloomington Monroe County 2018 class have launched a community survey to gather input on Kirkwood’s future. Residents, visitors and friends are invited to spend 5 minutes sharing their thoughts via an online survey: http://bit.ly/bkirkwood Kirkwood has historically been a valued asset to the city of Bloomington and Indiana University, bringing together residents, students, visitors as a hub for commerce, dining, cultural events, nightlife and even an occasional impromptu street party. As construction continues to shape Indiana’s favorite college downtown, the face of Bloomington is changing. It is evident, especially now, that lacking a clear vision for Kirkwood's future could risk the unique vibe and feel enjoyed by so many today. Team member Brandon O’Leary said, “As we started looking into the history of Kirkwood Avenue we realized that planning for the street’s future has always been a political hot potato. We saw a real opportunity to serve as a neutral party gathering input from many stakeholders and sharing them with the community as a way to spur further planning.” Digging through the archives of the Monroe County Public Library’s Indiana Room the team has uncovered many interesting Kirkwood related discussions over the years. From the paving of the street in 1912, to cutting down trees to widen the street, clearing the sidewalks of merchandise, and a proposed banning of formula stores, Kirkwood has always been at the center of community discussion. One of the most ambitious plans uncovered was from 1968 when Mayor John Hooker proposed creating Kirkwood Green which was described by an article in the September 12, 1968 Herald Telephone as: A pedestrian mall along Kirkwood Ave. between the downtown square and the IU campus would link two “magnetic activity poles” of the community and provide common access to them according to the mayor’s plan. East-west traffic would be stopped on the blocks between Washington St. and Indiana Ave. but north-south arteries would continue to flow through the Green. IU would close 5th street in front of the old library and Student Building and construct an impressive campus entrance between Bryan Administration Building and the old library. According to Mayor Hooker’s plan: “Kirkwood Green with its fountains, sculptures, trees, shrubs, flower bunkers, benches, and shelterhouses would, indeed, augment the magnificent beauty of Indiana University’s campus and stimulate interest and activities such as band concerts, art shows, flower shows, hobby exhibits, and other types of fairs which would bring tens of thousands of people back into the core of Bloomington. The planned construction of the new Monroe County Library on Kirkwood Ave. fits into the pedestrian “stroll and lounge” concept for this area. The library will have outdoor reading areas blending into the landscaped mall. The latest addition to the plan is a Jordan River trolley, small sidewalk tractor-type buses similar to those used at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The open-air vehicles carrying perhaps a half dozen passengers would travel Kirkwood and the central campus passing the Education Building, the Music Building, the new Musical Arts Center yet to be built, the President’s home, the Indiana Memorial Union, and the picturesque old Student Building and Maxwell Hall. The impact of Mayor Hooker’s plan from 50 years ago can be observed around Kirkwood today, but the full vision was never realized. The project team would enjoy hearing from anyone who knows more about Kirkwood Green or has archives of the planning documents. Please feel free to contact us via email LBMCKirkwood@gmail.com. Perhaps now is the time for Bloomington to chart a similarly ambitious plan for the future of Kirkwood, we invite the community to share your input via the online survey: http://bit.ly/bkirkwood

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Capitalizing on Kirkwood Avenue as a Community Asset Summary This year’s Leadership Bloomington Monroe County group had an exciting experience of looking at all the available options for the future of Kirkwood Avenue. Through extensive research, community meetings, and a community survey, we’ve learned immensely about past projects, future projects, and community interest for this iconic area of Bloomington. Kirkwood Avenue has a rich history and culture of its own. Our group wanted to consider the best options for the future of Kirkwood. After spending much time in the Monroe County Library and History Center, many previous plans were found. This research found everything from strategic plans to Mayor John Hookers 1968 plan to create a Kirkwood Green. Kirkwood Avenue as we know it now, is a compilation of those plans. But now our community needs to turn our attention to the future. Our Leadership Bloomington Monroe County group explored many options: • Creating a pedestrian mall: Closing off streets from Indiana Avenue to Walnut Street • Kirkwood Green: Creating green space the shows off the beauty of Kirkwood Avenue • Expanded outdoor seating to be used by customers of various Kirkwood businesses • Creation of the Jordan River trolley that would travel from central parts of campus to Kirkwood Avenue After completing over 2,500 surveys, it is clear that the Bloomington community is passionate about Kirkwood Avenue, and have a lot of great ideas about its future. Kirkwood Avenue has long been the gateway to Bloomington. First originating in the 1850’s, Kirkwood has endured many changes that has transformed it from a simple avenue that runs east to west, to one that has grown into a premiere destination for all of Bloomington’s residents, visitors and friends. Its future is unclear, but one thing is for certain; Kirkwood Avenue will remain an integral part of the Bloomington community.

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Kirkwood - A Community Asset  

As part of this year's Leadership Bloomington Monroe County cohort, a small team was assembled to take a closer look at the east end of Kirk...

Kirkwood - A Community Asset  

As part of this year's Leadership Bloomington Monroe County cohort, a small team was assembled to take a closer look at the east end of Kirk...

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