Dream Big

May 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm 17 comments

South Bend residents: What do you feel are the top issues facing our city? And, along with that, what do you think are some of the solutions to these problems? Feel free to dream big here!

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Slip Slidin’ Away

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  • 1. Matt Douhan  |  May 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Let’s take care of the blighted pockets and provide good affordable housing while getting rid of vacant properties at the same time. Let’s expand the SBCSC magnet programs to make them available to more children. Let’s start with our youngest citizens and improve this community one kid at a time.

    • 2. revitalizesb  |  May 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

      You have certainly hit on two big issues in South Bend (not that there aren’t other issues): vacant and abandoned housing & education. I am encouraged by Mayor Buttigieg’s Vacant and Abandoned Housing Task Force. But even the mayor is encouraging neighbors to take action, when possible, to “buy a house that is in trouble near you.” How can we help the community do that?

      Regarding the SBCSC magnet programs, those are certainly gems in our community. While some may still disregard Joan Raymond as a superintendent, I think she provided an incredible service to our youth with the creation of the magnet schools. How could those programs be expanded? I assume that’s an issue for the school board to resolve. But it would first need to be presented to them.

      I do believe that we need to uplift our children to break the negative cycles that we’ve all seen in our community. The educational system has a huge impact on our community. What can we, as a community, do to change that?

  • 3. Troy Cadotte  |  May 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I love the reason you have started this blog. It is the same exact reason I started Michiana360. I attended the presentation by the class from ND last night and while it is exciting to see what the city could be, it will take people like us to actually make it happen!

    Lets connect sometime.

    Troy Cadotte

    • 4. revitalizesb  |  May 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I wish I could have made it to the ND class presentation. South Bend is full of potential. I look forward to finding ways to work together for the greater good!

  • 5. Carl  |  May 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I think government serves a key role in providing infrastructure. More high speed internet, well built roads for transportation, and a healthy river. I’m wary of trying to prop up businesses that can’t succeed on their own.

    • 6. revitalizesb  |  May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Good point. But as residents of South Bend, what can/should we be doing to make this a better community?

      • 7. Carl  |  May 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        On a personal note, I think we can spend time and money around the city. Our Communitas serving project was a small way to help others out. Maybe more targeted efforts will come out of your blog!

      • 8. revitalizesb  |  May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        I hope so. I have a new idea already: “the weekend project” – more info to come!

  • 9. Matt Douhan  |  May 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    A simple thing that residents could do immediately that can really help the downtown is to support the Silver Hawks. Go to 5-10 games this year as a family or as you are able. The new ownership is working hard to make it a fun family experience. The more people that make it to games the more chance that restaurants and other support businesses will finally give serious thought to building nearby.

    • 10. revitalizesb  |  May 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

      I agree. A simple thing that we could all do is invite friends to go!

  • 11. sambarrington  |  May 11, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I went to the ND students presentation the other night as well. Very interesting. It seems residences are a key issue throughout the city – whether there aren’t enough in the downtown area – or residences in city neighborhoods that are abandoned, deteriorating, etc. As the students presented, demolition doesn’t seem to be the key. While no one wants rotting teeth, a bunch of missing teeth isn’t a whole lot better either.

    • 12. revitalizesb  |  May 11, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Let’s plan “the week-end project” where we get all neighborhood associations across South Bend to commit to working on one (or more, if volunteers are plentiful) property in their respective neighborhoods. This would be in collaboration with houses of worship, businesses and other organizations. Who’s in??

      • 13. journalismteach  |  May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

        I’m in! This sounds like an awesome idea!

  • 14. Ryan Yazel  |  May 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hey Beth, glad to see you started this.

    I agree that dealing with the vacant/abandoned housing is a big need. I like the direction the Mayor’s task force is headed there. However, the housing problem is also rooted in the lack of employment opportunities.

    From a civic standpoint, as much as they can do to give businesses providing blue collar jobs breaks to be here would be great.

    From a personal standpoint, we have to give people reason to live here. Whether that’s selfish reason or altruistic reason, people have to see the city as a good option. I think Christians should be flocking TO the cities. Go to where the need is.

    • 15. revitalizesb  |  May 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Great comments. Jobs are definitely a concern. And we do need to give people reasons to live here. If we collaborate with businesses and other organizations, we can build a better South Bend. Please use this space to help us formulate ideas and partnerships! Thanks!

  • 16. journalismteach  |  May 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    As a teacher, I suppose my concern would be working with the youth in our community. The longer I teach, the more I realize that not everyone has a solid foundation in life to encourage them to make good decisions. I think getting kids involved in positive community programs could keep them away from making bad choices… but we’d have to find a way to overcome that stigma of doing the right thing being uncool.

  • 17. the other ed  |  May 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Education, education, education.
    It cannot be expressed enough! We need to educate South Bend’s youth today! Long gone are the days of jobs not requiring a minimum of a high school degree.
    If you don’t have a high school degree, you will not find a good paying job, much less go to college.
    And if you don’t have a job that meets your fiscal needs, then you get desperate.
    Desperate people today are only a few steps away from becoming the criminals of tomorrow. .
    It sounds a bit extreme, but sometimes, the rumbling stomachs of your children are the only thing you can hear.

    We have to not only improve upon the education system in South Bend, but we need to get the community excited about it! People should WANT to send their kids to South Bend schools, not resign themselves to it. Admittedly, this is a long term approach, and does not do much for the short term. But, the fewer options a person has, the better chance they have of choosing the wrong one.


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