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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Jordan Greenhouses

A former quarry? Sunken Gardens? The Passion Pit? And you thought you were looking at greenhouses. Those glass buildings with steamy windows on East 3rd Street have quite the past. And their present is rather colorful, too. Jen Hockney Bratton reveals what you didn’t know about IU's Jordan Greenhouses. Look at some gorgeous photos, too! Click here to read the full story.

Finding Hope in South Sudan: Part 2 Persistent Violence, Unstable Peace

When fighting erupted last August in South Sudan, community-development workers Will and Theresa Reed had to evacuate. They returned to Bloomington to wait out the violence. Now, while the situation in South Sudan fluctuates between unstable and dangerous, the Reeds have returned to Africa, helping refugees in Uganda to find hope. Click here to read the full story.

Mentorship Program Tries to Break School-to-Prison Pipeline for Juvenile Girls

IU Professor Theresa Ochoa developed HOPE, a mentorship program at the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana’s only maximum-security detention center for girls. Each juvenile is paired with a college student to learn skills she’ll need to finish school or find a job after she leaves the facility. Click here to read the full story.

B-town Becoming a ‘Bootstraps Community’ of Unconventional Collaborations

Writer Jonna Mary Yost explores how a new brand of entrepreneurs in B-town are working outside the usual business model — and making it work. It isn’t about just baking the best pizza or brewing the best coffee. It’s about working with people you like and making your town a better place. Click here to read the full story.

From the B-Line Trail to the Pacific Ocean — Hiking the American Discovery Trail

Imagine hiking from the B-Line Trail to the Pacific Ocean (or the Atlantic) without ever leaving an official hiking trail. For years, hiking enthusiasts have been working on the American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast trail that passes through southern Indiana. Connecting it to the B-Line, via the Knobstone Trail, isn’t far-fetched. Click here to read the full story.

Three Minutes in McDoel Gardens

In Trent Deckard’s second neighborhood tour for Limestone Post, he shows us the tight-knit community of McDoel Gardens. Since the 1800s, the historic Bloomington neighborhood has been diverse and vibrant. Today, it’s home to some of Bloomington’s most vigorous startups and nonprofits, classic bungalow and gable-el homes, parks, and artwork. Click here to watch the video.

With Local Base, ‘Driftless’ Magazine Is a Journey Through the Midwest

Writer Ann Georgescu reviews Driftless magazine, calling it a “collaborative work of art in ink and paper.” Working out of Bloomington and Chicago, the magazine’s three-member publishing team curates the photography, feature stories, illustrations, guides, recipes, and other content that captures all that is poetic and beautiful about the Midwest. Click here to read the full story.

Terry Hutchens, the Hardest Working Sportswriter in Indiana, Owns His Beat Again

After 22 years at The Indianapolis Star, mostly covering IU sports, Terry Hutchens was told he “didn’t own” his beat. They parted ways, and he became an old-school sportswriter in the digital age. Now he has a regular gig at BtownBanners.com, freelances for other news sites, writes books, and teaches journalism at IU–Bloomington. Click here to read the full story.

Inspired by European Bike Culture, Evren Kent Cycles Finds a Home in B-town

After living in American and European cities with robust bicycling cultures, Scot Wright brings his cycle-centric lifestyle to B-town. His bicycle-refurbishing business, Evren Kent Cycles, and showroom in the I Fell building, called Re:Cycle, helps bikers like Lindsay Welsch keep their beloved spokes spinning. Click here to read the full story.

From Wild Fowl to Feathered Friends, Chickens Have a Rich History with Humans

In what writer Ann Georgescu calls “an epic tale of success and survival,” the globetrotting chicken has crossed many cultural and political boundaries in its migration from the jungle to our backyards. Through one man’s experience in Bloomington (and then in Brown County), Georgescu reveals our tangled relationship with these captivating birds. Click here to read the full story.

Killing ‘Martha Stewart,’ or Letting Go of Goals and Relentless Perfectionism

Taking a trip to celebrate your team’s World Series victory should be fun. But as Samantha Eibling — homemaker, yoga teacher, and battler of perfectionism — races to get things done before she can go, panic sets in. How does a teacher of “peace” and “ease” get in such a mess? How does she get out? Click here to read the full story.

Quaff ON! Brewery ‘Abides’ in Nashville, Expanding Its Production and Adding a Distillery

When it seems another craft brewery or distillery is opening every month, it’s natural to ask, how many can a community support? Quaff ON! Brewery, which is both building a new beer-making facility and starting a distillery in Nashville, shows writer Jonna Mary Yost how such companies can be integral parts of community development. Click here to read the full story.