more on development

So I was ranting in the lobby at Bullwinkles, and the person I was talking to said, “If it wasn’t for IU, Bloomington would be another Spencer”.  This is completely true.  The same thing that makes Bloomington a frustrating place in the years since I’ve moved here is also what has made it pretty sweet in the first place.  It’s hard to reconcile my feelings with that reality, and the only way that I can make sense of it is to think in terms of wasted potential.  It seems too defeatist for me to adopt a personal “at least it’s not Spencer” standpoint – I’d rather think that Bloomington could be (can be?) a really exceptional place instead of a resignedly, marginally better place.

As I was riding to work today, I passed a storefront that will be the new home of Roadworthy Guitar and Amp whose exisiting storefront will be displaced by the new Finelight offices.  The move-in date was listed as some time in October and it terrifies me a little of all that could happen in my abscence.