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


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



On October 6 we are hosting Sampled: A gathering of people who get shit done in the Rust Belt at Vested Interest and LangLab in South Bend. This all-day affair features sessions like 'Willy Wonka and the Abandoned Factory' and 'Can I Live? w/ Chuck Fry + Eli Kahn' as well as local food and an outdoor evening concert.

Join us.


Kareemah Fowler, currently serving as City Clerk for South Bend, joins the pod to discuss how her entrepreneurial ventures (like buying 9 houses straight out of high school) and city government roles are pushing South Bend to be a place where opportunity is inclusive and abundant.


In episode four we talk with Jason Miller about his understanding of place, why City Church is inextricably tied to the city, and how as he was about to move away, South Bend "grabbed me by the shoulders and was kind of like, 'hello.'"


Michelle Fitzgerald, founder of Make South Bend, joins the pod to explore how her personal mission of creating and restoring dignity in people is changing the lives of people who cross Make's threshold. 


Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins the pod for a discussion about his decision to return to South Bend, the meaning of home, and why America needs to consider community as a new source of purpose.


Pod.SB is back for Season 2 with a new co-host and new theme: South Bend on Purpose. Tune in to the first episode.


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.


As Fischer Dance evolves into NEW INDUSTRY we dive into the life of artistic director Hannah Fischer, whose commitment to building community through her craft has forever shifted South Bend’s future.


Adelaine Muth moved to South Bend for the summer to install art inside Vested Interest. See her work in progress and hear her perspective on the city ahead of The Birdsell Project’s opening reception.


After a two year hiatus, The Birdsell Project is back. Watch local artists Eli Kahn and Krista Hoefle, together STRT/SLCT, create an ambitious light + sound installation inside Vested Interest.


Hang around a Rust Belt city long enough and you'll develop a love, hate relationship with the word potential.



Studebaker’s Avanti is long off the production line, but South Bend is far from finished.

Just blocks from the hallowed assembly plant sits INVANTI, a burgeoning startup generator building companies that matter.

Three classic AVANTI advertisements, rebuilt in homage to our heritage and respect to our new economy.

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.


Last weekend Homebody House Concert Festival took over nine homes in three South Bend neighborhoods for nine house concerts. It was a ball.


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.