West.SB is a digital magazine and podcast giving voice to life in South Bend, a Rust Belt city on the move.


Founded in December 2016 by Jacob Titus, West.SB began as a single story about the morning routine of solid waste workers on the West Side of South Bend.

While disparate factions either celebrate South Bend’s illustrious history or seek to create a future devoid of that history, we have a responsibility to tell stories that honor the past, uphold the dignity of our city’s people, and profess an aspirational vision for the future.

This site, and the stories it comprises, represent our work toward that aim.