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.


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!


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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