“Ain’t s— changed,” said one resident.
Residents of South Bend, Indiana’s poor neighborhoods claim Mayor Pete Buttigieg left them behind and did little to improve their situation.
“This s— looks the same, every time I walk through here,” C.J. Neely said of his neighborhood, according to a report by CNBC. “He’s improved s—,” Neely added, even as he acknowledged Buttigieg was “trying.”
Neely, who is 16 years old, has lived in South Bend all his life.
The report highlights the contrast between South Bend’s revived downtown area and its poorer neighborhoods:
South Bend’s northwest, pocked by vacant lots, broken curbs and blighted by streets that residents say have gone unpaved for years, is a world away from the sleek, revitalized downtown at the center of Buttigieg’s audacious argument for placing himself in the highest office in the land. Yet while everything seems to be new and bustling with energy downtown, in many other neighborhoods, the city’s economic life is in a holding pattern.
It’s a problem that weighs heavily in South Bend, where more than half of the city’s residents last year said that their neighborhoods hadn’t improved over the previous five, according to survey data reported in the South Bend Tribune.
One of Buttigieg’s initiatives for aiding low-income communities was a pledge to knock down or repair almost all of South Bend’s vacant homes. The project led, however, to unintended consequences, residents observed, and there was little planning for what would replace the abandoned homes.
The report outlines some of the consequences:
SNIP: And he wants to be our latex salesman. *shakes head*