Gentrification in South Bend

These are a few homes that are located near the Near Northwest Neighborhood.
Photo by Connor De Mill

By Connor De Mill and Manny De Jesus

It’s never easy to accept change.

In the last few decades, some of the nation’s largest cities have experienced change at unprecedented levels at unprecedented rates, and it’s getting more and more difficult to get a grasp of these changes before these transformations become permanent. In The Atlantic’s review of Peter Moskowitz’s new book “How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for a Neighborhood,” Gillian White makes references to how Detroit, San Francisco, New York and New Orleans have heavily gentrified at the expense of several marginalized communities, and while the review focuses on how larger cities have battled with these changes, we think it’s time we start turning our focus towards America’s smaller urban hubs.

Conrad Damian, who has lived in South Bend’s southeast side for 48 years and has worked alongside the Southeast Organized Area Residents (SOAR) neighborhood development organization, believes that the city is experiencing more change than it realizes.

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