Meet this summer’s BCe2 Southeast Neighborhood Development team!
South Bend’s historic Southeast neighborhood is bounded by Sample St. on the north, Ewing Ave. on the south, Miami St. on the east and Michigan St. on the west.
The Southeast neighborhood is home to LangLab, sports and recreation facilities at Studebaker Park, and local businesses such as Super Mercado Rosales. The South Bend Fire Department and Ivy Tech also have facilities in the Southeast neighborhood, along with Riley High School and a diverse group of faith-based institutions.
The Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCe2), an initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civic Innovation, began in 2014 as an effort to revitalize areas around Bowman Creek, a tributary of the St. Joseph River that runs through Ravinia Park and other areas of the Southeast neighborhood. Over the years the creek had
become contaminated from a number of different sources, including a coal dismantle facility and a paint factory.
The Bowman Creek Project brought together local partners including the City of South Bend, Indiana University South Bend, and other local partners to pilot community-engaged, sustainable projects to address real-world challenges in the Southeast neighborhood of South Bend, including the restoration of the Bowman Creek ecosystem.
What is an educational ecosystem? It’s a new model of internship that encourages students to bring positive changes to their city — and foster individual development — by working on creative solutions to community issues.
This summer, four interns have worked on a series of projects with SOAR, BCe2, and the 466 Works Community Development Corporation to redevelop areas in the Southeast neighborhood.
Salma Boukdad (middle left) is an incoming freshman at Assumption College who will be studying political science and environmental engineering.
Emilia James, (middle right) a rising sophomore at American University studying international relations with a concentration in national security and foreign policy.
Juan Pablo Mantica (left) is a rising sophomore at Notre Dame studying computer science.
John Thesing (right) is a rising senior at Notre Dame studying civil engineering with a concentration in structural engineering.
The interns have focused on four main goals: Marketing the Southeast neighborhood and five new homes that have been built by the 466 Community Development Corporation; developing a pattern book of affordable homes, and drafting a plan for a natural playground area for the United Way daycare center proposed for the corner of Fellows St. and Dubail Ave __________________________________________________________________________
Spring 2019 Newsletter: Soaring into the future
Click the link above to learn more about updates on the neighborhood in the past 6 months, information about SOAR, and ways to get involved. Check it out!
What’s In a Name?
The People Behind Street and Landmark Names in the Southeast Neighborhood
The What’s in a Name? The project features the people behind the names of streets and landmarks in the Southeast Neighborhood. It was researched by another BCe2 intern, Dianne Waweru, who is studying environmental engineering at Columbia University.
Humans of South Bend: The Southeast Neighborhood
The Southeast Stories project features residents of the Southeast Neighborhood of South Bend, Indiana. It hopes to tell the stories of residents’ experiences, transitions, and connection to the neighborhood.
Interactive Map of the Southeast Neighborhood’s Assets