West Side Bloomington doesn't get a lot of attention in the history books, but The West Bloomington Revitalization Project is looking to change that. The organization is asking residents with old photos of buildings and homes to donate to the collection it's starting. Spokesman Todd Anderson says Karen Schmidt, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan, noticed that West Bloomington has gone virtually ignored.
"For every photo of West Bloomington, there's probably at least 10 of one house in Bloomington," he says. "I think she's just hoping to show West Bloomington that there is history and there's a lot of cool history behind it."
Anderson says they also hope to shine a positive light on an area people are sometimes wary of.
"They just think of it as this bad place, but really it's not," he says. "There's a lot of history and good things that went on and still go on the West Side. People just don't sort of realize it."
The photos will be scanned and placed on a History Pin website. Anderson says this project is ongoing, and they will accept photos as long as people have them. He says they also hope to interview people and hear stories about what the buildings and neighborhood were once like.
The target area is bordered by Locust Street, Lee Street, Oakland Avenue, and Western Avenue.
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