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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacob and Dustin interview Brad and Regina Emberton, the duo behind The Armory’s restoration, about their path to purchasing the condemned building, its curious history as a shooting range, recreation facility, and wedding venue, and the future of the surrounding district.
Jacob and Dustin enjoy a wide-ranging conversation with Aaron Perri about his history with South Bend, his thoughts on what a good park can do for a neighborhood, how he thinks about ending creative projects, the founding of Howard Park as an innovative pleasure ground, and what Howard Park’s multi-million dollar transformation will mean to the city at-large.
Jacob and Dustin interview Frank Perri and Patrick Whittling, partners in The J.C. Lauber Building, about continuing the building’s century-long legacy as a cornerstone of South Bend’s East Bank neighborhood.
Jacob and Dustin interview Sam Centellas and Scott Ford, two people who played pivotal roles in the Western Avenue corridor’s economic resurgence and transformation from a street that you would drive through, to a neighborhood that you drive to.
Jacob and Dustin interview three partners in The Hibberd about their decision to risk time and money on a restoration project, The Hibberd’s contribution to South Bend’s resurgent narrative, and their vision of a vibrant, walkable downtown.
On Thursday, February 7th Pete Buttigieg interviewed a panel of the cohort members about their time in South Bend and the problems they aim to solve. This evening took place inside a newly renovated wing of The Exner Office, a collaborative workspace currently home to INVANTI, West.SB, South Bend on Purpose, and Hurry Home.
In Season 3 of South Bend on Purpose, we'll tell the stories of people who are betting on South Bend by investing new purpose into old spaces, whether that's an old industrial building or a once lively plot of land; people whose internal purpose has manifested itself into a physical part of our city.
Kintae Lark, the founder of Inspiration Barber-Salon, joins the pod to discuss how the challenges he faced growing up makes him a powerful and positive force for our city’s youth and why he firmly believes that his city, South Bend, is his assignment.
Max Brickman, managing director of Heartland Ventures, joins the pod to discuss his decision to stay in South Bend, his venture capital firm’s unique partnerships with Midwest family-owned businesses, and how this path has shifted the way he values community.
Chuck Nelson, currently working as the Executive Director of The Judd Leighton Foundation, joins the pod to discuss his current interest in economic development and entrepreneurship, Notre Dame’s relationship with the city, and memories about South Bend’s booming past that affect the way he thinks about the city today.
Santiago Garces and Brian Donoghue, South Bend’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Civic Innovation, join the pod to discuss their paths to South Bend and tell stories about why our city’s name is being spoken around the world.
Robert Ramsey, a relatively new resident of South Bend, joins the pod to discuss his love of Midwestern values, how we get to know a new city, and why South Bend is the ideal place to build a meaningful life.
Dave Matthews, a real estate developer in South Bend, joins the pod to discuss his decision to come home after college, how he leveraged unique characteristics of South Bend to build new buildings, and why culture is paramount to rebuilding a city.
Shawn Henderson, the principal of Riley High School, joins the pod to discuss how a kid from the South East Side became the unlikely principal of his neighborhood school and how that experiences makes him a powerful force for our city’s youth.
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.
Jason Miller, lead pastor of South Bend City Church, joins the pod to discuss 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.
On Season 2 of Pod.SB we (co-hosts Jacob Titus and Dustin Mix) interview a diverse group of people who are here living life on purpose. in this first episode we talk about why the podcast is returning for another season, why Dustin is joining the show, and what special guest is joining us for episode 2.
Homebody House Concert Festival is attracting artists from around the country to host an innovative series of shows throughout South Bend neighborhoods. Myles talks about the mission behind this idea, and what kind of people open their home to touring musicians.
Local reporter Taurean Small joins the podcast to continue our conversation on media in #SouthBend. We talk about representation and how reporters can increase cultural awareness in a city they may not have grown up in.
Mike Keen is tackling this question head-on with building and renovation projects in #SouthBend. We discuss how he fell into this role and why it's essential that we create opportunity for our neighbors.