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Bloomington is traditionally appreciated by outsiders as made up of two distinct entities, "East Bloomington" and "West Bloomington," approximately divided by I-35W. In this stereotype, East Bloomington is populated by ordinary people living in modest houses, while West Bloomingtonites are wealthy, living in fancy houses.
As for any stereotype, there is a certain amount of truth to this. Relatively flat and thus economical to develop at large scale, East Bloomington was the early postwar focus for the city's subdivisions. New single-family housing was largely made up of the compact Cape Cod type favored by postwar mass-housing developers. Hundreds of blocks of these homes, fastidiously maintained, still characterize much of East Bloomington.
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A Pursuit of Quality
A big change came in the early 1960s, when Bloomington's planners began to strongly encourage higher-quality apartment construction, instead of the less-well-built suburban norm of the time. This signaled to real-estate developers that Bloomington was a quality city. By this time, residential development was moving ever westward, and combined with the highly attractive rolling landscape and generous parklands of West Bloomington, the character of developing West Bloomington neighborhoods grew increasingly upscale, especially west of Normandale Boulevard.
Even so, the East-West stereotype goes only so far. Like any large city, Bloomington is made up of many distinct neighborhoods, differing on account of location, geography, scenery (the Minnesota River Valley, for instance), and the type and age of houses or apartments-condominiums.
Diversity is also a characteristic of Bloomington's non-residential districts. The historic Oxboro commercial corner at Old Shakopee Road and Lyndale never quite caught on as "Downtown Bloomington," as boosters hoped, but efforts to transform the Southtown area southwest of Interstates 494 and 35W are currently underway.
The I-494 corridor is obviously a singular area, as is the industrial park southwest of Normandale Boulevard and Old Shakopee Road. The redevelopment of the old Control Data headquarters east of Mall of America into "Bloomington Station," a reference to a light-rail stop, is yet another distinct area, this one mixed use.
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