Jul 242014

Graduate students at Indiana University South Bend have been studying two projects in conjunction with the City of South Bend. One study involves the southern downtown area, “South Hub” anchored by Four Winds Field. The other involves the abandoned railway on the city’s northwest side.

The students will present their project concepts in a forum that is free and open to the public at 6:00 pm Monday July 28th at the St. Joseph County Main Library, Colfax Auditorium (Lower Level), 304 Main St., South Bend, IN.

The public is invited to this presentation by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) who has selected South Bend as a study area for their Summer 2014 Capstone Class.

As part of the class, students complete a project committed to problem solving in a client organization.   With faculty oversight, the class coordinates with an external client organization (in this case the City of South Bend) on a project that requires students with very different backgrounds and skills to work together in a collaborative learning format.  The class began last month and runs through the end of July.  This is a “virtual classroom” setting so students are taking part from locations outside of Indiana.  Working with Community Investment staff, the students selected two projects for brief yet focused study:

•             Conversion of the “Westside Greenway” (a.k.a Notre Dame Coal Line) into a multiuse trail.

•             Master planning for the southern downtown area “South Hub” anchored by Four Winds Field.

Chris Dressel, Bicycle Coordinator for South Bend said “Several students are traveling to South Bend planning to present these project concepts to the broader community.  A final report document will be publicly available.  We expect these work products to be of value and relevance to the City of South Bend and other stakeholders so would appreciate your participation.”