It's funny how similar almost every part of Bloomington seems after a year away.
In our short weekend there we were able to go to all kinds of places that I used to frequent, and we spent a fair amount of time on the square and at the farmers market.
A new thing: this trail was built to connect several artistic venues in Bloomington along with the market. For former Bloomington locals: if you walk down Kirkwood, west of the square, past the Irish Lion, you will literally run into the trail, which runs north/south.
John said that the Bloomington Farmers Market seemed almost comically picturesque; tons of people buying local veggies, fruits, and meats, and several different places playing really good live music.
Still, a few things were different around town and at IU. They finished tearing down the old Ashton residence halls. I'd always heard that they were used as barracks during WWII, though I'm not sure how that would have worked. There are some other building projects on campus, but one of the most noticeable changes in town was the disappearance of the old mural of music notes on the side of that building on Kirkwood, just west of the square. The music store that used to be in the building has apparently moved, and they tore down the mural at some point.
Here's one of the only visible remnants of the old mural.