SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg boasts on the campaign trail about the economic transformation of South Bend, Indiana, during his seven years as mayor.
A city ravaged by the loss of industry has seen nearly $1 billion of investment. A program to tackle 1,000 vacant and abandoned homes has reduced blight, and a renovated factory building now houses tech and other companies downtown.
Yet minutes away, in several predominately black neighborhoods of South Bend’s West Side, deserted houses, potholed streets and broken sidewalks are signs the revitalization has been uneven.
U.S. Census Bureau data showed that some of the 5,500 people in these areas, out of South Bend’s total population of 100,000, have become poorer since Buttigieg took over the city in 2012. […]