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Downtown Matters – Live at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

Twenty-eight years ago a hopeful restauranteur bet on South Bend by buying a 151-year old building on Colfax Avenue to open his first restaurant. South Bend on Purpose is back.

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Dyngus Day in South Bend

It’s 11:00AM and the corner of Ford and Warren is astir. “POTUS Pete” tees, Mayor Luecke glad-hands, scribbling journalists, a scrapyard’s worth of bumper stickers—all animated by the constant peal of polka music. It’s Dyngus Day in South Bend.

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A New American Spring

On Sunday, April 14th, the world turned toward South Bend to watch Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a native son, announce his campaign for President of the United States from the train dock of a formerly decaying Studebaker auto assembly plant.

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The Colfax Theater

Today we deliver our portrait of The Colfax Theater and ask: will the shaping of our city’s culture be reserved to a select few, while the rest find it “hardly worth a person’s time”? Or will our culture be a mirror—reflecting the capacious range of talent, experience, and heritage inhabiting our neighborhoods?

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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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