We are a group of neighbors in Bloomington, Indiana who get together and work to make our neighborhood better in any way you can imagine!

THE NEAR WEST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION is not a homeowners’ association — we serve the interests of tenants, landlords, businesses and homeowners alike. To get involved or ask a question, go to this page, enter your comment, and we’ll put you in touch with who you need.

Where and when do we meet?

Our meetings are held in the Banneker Center kitchen meeting room (just inside the front door at 930 W 7th St.) from 7-8 pm.  Quarterly meetings for the general membership are held on the third Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October. The Board meets monthly, also on the third Tuesday.

(Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, NWSNA meetings currently are being held online via Zoom, following the same schedule as our live meetings. A link to the upcoming Zoom meeting is sent to the neighborhood email list several days in advance.)

What area of Bloomington does the Near West Side cover?

The Near West Side neighborhood is bounded by Adams St. and Rogers St. on the west and east sides, the Indiana Railroad tracks on the north and Kirkwood Avenue on south side. We are Bloomington’s newest and largest historically designated district. Some neighborhood landmarks include Butler Park, the Banneker Center, and Fairview Elementary School. The B-Line Trail now passes through the north end of the neighborhood.

Officers and board members were elected on May 19, 2020 at a neighborhood meeting.

  • President – Peter Dorfman
  • Vice President – Alan Balkema
  • Treasurer – Bill Baus
  • Secretary – Jennifer Ryan

Board members at large: Olivia Dorfman, Rocky Festa, Karen Duffy

The latest version of our constitution: NWSNA Constitution

Subscribe to our email list!

We use an email subscription list to send regular updates about events and meetings in the neighborhood. To join the list, send an email to listserv@indiana.edu with no subject and the text “SUBSCRIBE NEARWESTSIDE-L Anonymous” in the body to subscribe anonymously. If you would like to subscribe with your name, replace “Anonymous” with your first and last name, i.e. “Joe Smith.” If that doesn’t work, just go to this page, request to be added, and we’ll add you to the list. 

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