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Life in South Bend, a Rust Belt city on the move.




South Bend’s New Front: The Track Elevation of 1929

Ninety years ago today, South Bend's dream of elevated train tracks was completed. As the city faced unforeseen challenges of a rapidly industrializing world, South Bend’s ambition and courage to embrace change were on full display. This is the story.

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What is (Y)ART?

This past Sunday some hundreds gathered in the backyard of an East side home for (Y)ART?, a feast of South Bend’s artistic talent conceived and organized by Lauren Steinhofer. Equipped with two rolls of film and incoming “what is yart?” texts, we joined the gathering. This is what we saw.

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Snow Day On Birdsell

Birdsell, Linden, and Liston are streets synonymous with the West Side of South Bend. On a frigid January afternoon we ventured on a photo walk through the neighborhood and considered its past as a vibrant African-American business district.

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Lacopo’s Pizzeria

Lacopo's Pizzeria opened in July of 1989 in a brick storefront on the corner of Lincoln Way West and Ardmore Trail. Two siblings, Frank and Rita, aim to carry on their father's rich tradition of classic pizza by hand.

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a million ideas – the bendix headquarters

The Bendix Corporation’s former West Side home evokes a time of innovation and industry in South Bend. Experience remnants of Art Deco architecture, a private theater, and opulent executive offices inside this historic landmark.

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Restoration at The Hibberd Building

The Hibberd Building has been restored its former glory as a residential and retail space in downtown South Bend. Experience rooftop terrace views and industrial features inside this historic print shop.

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Afternoon on Ford Street

Ford Street, populated by a flawless mixture of homes and storefronts, runs through the heart of South Bend's West Side. Travel down a classic stretch on a beautiful Spring day in the Rust Belt.

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes

Amazon’s HQ2 decision serves as a good reminder: they and the other tech giants should not, nay, deserve not come to South Bend.

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