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Voices in the Street: “what motivated you to vote?”

After a long and bruising campaign, voters finally went to the polls. Voices in the street has asked your fellow Bloomington residents why they came out to vote and why they feel their vote is important.

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Voices in the Street: “with IU growing every year one wonders: Is Bloomington an affordable place to live?”

Longtime residents have certainly seen an increase in apartment complex construction over the last ten years, and many people are curious as to how these new developments affect local rent prices. We have gone out into the streets and asked local residents whether they think Bloomington is still an affordable town to live in.

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Third party candidates: When to break with the two party system.

With disapproval of both major party candidates at an all-time high, Voices in the Street hit the Streets to ask Bloomington residents when to break with the two party system. We also asked folks if there was a third party candidate they would vote for and under what circumstances they would do so.

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Voices in the Street: “Trouble for Trump! Sexual allegations arise.”

Recently, the Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has come under fire for lewd remarks made in 2005. He was caught on tape bragging about inappropriate behavior towards women. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask Bloomington residents how they feel about Mr. Trumps’s behavior and how they would view a Trump presidency.

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Voices in the Street: Peoples Park Visitors Speak Out

Recently, an IU senior established an online petition about Peoples Park stating that people experiencing homelessness have, “decided to make this park their home, starting fights, doing drugs, setting one another’s belongs on fire, and causing raucous 24/7.” This comes on the heels of city-wide discussion about homelessness and its effects in the downtown area. Voices in the Street stopped …

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Voices in the Street: “Syrian Refugees, settling those fleeing their homeland.”

For more than five years war has raged on in Syria, forcing millions of Syrians to flee. Of the five million who have left, only a few thousand have made their way to the united states and even fewer to Indiana. The Bloomington Refugee Support Network is preparing to help settle Syrian refugees in March of 2017. Some have protested …

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Voices in the Street: “Cash, money, influence—what defines the middle class.”

The middle class is the bedrock of America—the foundation upon which this nation has grown and thrived over the last two hundred and forty years. It’s no small surprise that the middle class is defined differently than it was two hundred years ago and there are constant theories of the middle class being eroded away in today’s society. Voices in …

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Voices in the Street: “The power behind politics: defining “The Elite.”

Political Elite are defined as a small group of powerful people in political and sociological theory, such as an oligarchy, that controls a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power in society. It has become common practice to accuse a political opponent of elitism and this year’s Presidential election is no different. But WHO are the elite? Voices in the …

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Voices in the Street – “Anything helps: Aggressive panhandling on the streets of Bloomington.”

IU students are not going to be the only addition to Kirkwood: City officials are piloting an increased security program to deal with aggressive panhandling and six new cameras will be installed downtown. These will be a continuation of surveillance equipment along the B-Line trail and other strategic locations will include People’s Park and Seminary Park. It’s not yet known …

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Voices in the Street: “Drama down in Rio: Catching Olympic fever.”

The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Despite controversies like doping and the Zika virus, enthusiasm for the games is always palpable. With folks like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and IU’s very own Lilly King becoming household names, Voices in the Streets’ intrepid, roving reporter, MJ, asks Bloomington residents what Olympic event they look forward to …

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