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I wasn’t born there, but South Bend, Indiana is my hometown.  After nearly 50 years in the shadows of the closure of the Studebaker Automobile factory, South Bend is beginning to shine again.  In 2015, in honor of the city’s 150th birthday, a form of public art made its debut.  City Lights.   The feature photo on this post is of the St. Joseph River, facing the Jefferson Blvd. Bridge.    The lights are constantly changing.

pink water and lights reflect on water at Island Park

This view is facing Island Park at the Century Center (the city convention center).  The colored lights seem to create a feeling of excitement downtown that mirrors a new level of energy in the city.

Studebaker Plaza at Christmas (2)

Studebaker Plaza wasn’t constructed for the sesquicentennial celebrations but it is also a newer addition to the city.  Named to honor the heritage of one of the founding families of South Bend, the plaza replaced a little used park with a comfortable gathering place.  The life-size chess set in the center makes chess look like fun.

Downtown South Bend Morris Civic Tree Dusk

This photo was taken in early December, 2015.  It is facing northeast from the roof of a parking garage on the north end of Downtown South Bend.  Visible in this photo are some of the new residential units and a new high school that were recently constructed in the center of the city.  Every time I visit, I see more new housing starting downtown.