Downtown South Bend is Waking Up

by Nick Molnar on October 16, 2006

After a period of decline, South Bend’s downtown is once again showing signs of life after business hours. There are a number of condos in the works, expansion of unique restaurants like the South Bend Chocolate Cafe and Noma, and the movement of the Civic Theater to a more central location. Check out the South Bend Area Blog’s latest map of Downtown South Bend to see more.


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Tracy October 17, 2006 at 7:34 am

I’ve worked downtown for a few years and am excited to see some positive changes. Additional restaurants would be a huge plus. I imagine those will naturally come along with the condo developments. And I’ve hear the Chocolate Cafe’s expansion will include some sort of a mini mart. This is great for all of us that walked to the old Oscos in the middle of the day for basic pharmacy\store needs.

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Anonymous tipster October 9, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Perhaps South Bend should market itself as many of the Chicago suburbs have (Arlington Heights, Elgin, Palatine, etc.) I have just recently visited these suburbs, and their downtowns have undergone amazing renewal usually focused around the commuter train station. Add another South Short stop to downtown!

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Dan Tabor November 21, 2007 at 1:15 pm

The East Race area was developed at a high cost and it appears along the shopping stretch of Michigan Street The Chocolate Cafe is growing to join the block party before Notre Dame football games. However, East Race & Howard Park remain high drug, crime and homosexual areas. South bend is looking better, but remains a slum overall.

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