single frame: Downtown South Bend on the river

DTSB on the river

Downtown South Bend on the river
Minolta SR-T 101, 50mm f/1.7 MC Rokkor-PF
Ferrania P30 Alpha

On my visit to downtown South Bend I had a deep sense that this town has a lot going for it that they are not leveraging fully.

I don’t know how hard it is to run a medium-sized Midwestern city today. I know that in most of the Midwest, if you are not a major population center you are slowly losing residents to those larger cities. I’m sure South Bend is no different. I’m sure that makes is challenging as heck for city leaders to build on what’s good.

But my old hometown really does have lovely attractions. This view from the east bank of the St. Joseph River overlooks Seitz Park, which is at the southern tip of an island in the river. Beyond is the city’s low skyline, with some still-proud older buildings cutting a strong profile.

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2 responses to “single frame: Downtown South Bend on the river”

  1. tcshideler Avatar

    Hate to tour the archives, as I frequently do, but I was in DTSB Tuesday in order to take some iPhone photos of the County-City Building, which you may remember briefly served as courthouse from 1967-69 while the main one was being renovated. I was delighted to find that, as of 2015, it is again serving That role as “Courthouse 3,” holding county superior courts two and three in most of the attached former jail.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The archives enjoy your visits! I didn’t know they were using the old jail for that. Good use of the space.

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