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  • #16
    Yes, GREENfield, thanx.

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    • #17
      Hate to see this come. The most enjoyable days I had were the ones working in South Bend, and being able to sneak out for a long lunch to be spent at N&A, SASCO, or SI. Not to mention the old atmosphere at the meets held close or at "The Stash". Times change.

      I've closed three South Bend Branches for equipment distributors over the last ten years. I understand the move totally. My employers from back then have all left the area.

      It's going to be weird not having a place to go in town. Kind of felt it coming. The last few years, if you needed something, it likely had to be brought up from Greenfield. I just started ordering online.

      I wish South Bend the best, but you can only notice how much it's changed the past few years if you've been brave enough to stay around here. It's becoming less and less of a buying decision center, and business decisions for South Bend are made in Fort Wayne, Chicago, Indy and Grand Rapids for most operations who hung on through the last downturn. South Bend doesn't see the business traffic it used to see. And, despite three or four new generations that have come to pass, it's attitude and tone toward business is the same as it was in the days of Studebaker. It may have cleaned itself up a bit in recent years, but I don't think that attitude will ever change.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by 556063 View Post
        I wish South Bend the best, but you can only notice how much it's changed the past few years if you've been brave enough to stay around here.
        As I recall, the rent Ed was paying on that Chippewa location was something like 18K a month, not including the utilities, and that was six or seven years ago. I can only imagine its gone up since.


        Craig

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        • #19
          Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
          As I recall, the rent Ed was paying on that Chippewa location was something like 18K a month, not including the utilities, and that was six or seven years ago. I can only imagine its gone up since.


          Craig
          Yes, the Chippewa Plant has been used as a business incubator site. One of the success stories is Tire Rack, who started there, but has the beautiful facility up by the Toll Road now. AM General is still there, storage only I think. The test track and "HUMMER" proving grounds have been unused for ten or so years. I know there's space available now if you wanted to move in. Even before SI's announcement. Don't know for sure what the incubator program is, but I'm sure the rent goes up the longer you are there, even if it starts out low. A distributor I worked for looked at locating there as a last try at staying in South Bend. I wasn't privy to the details, but they didn't like the program.

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          • #20
            I read recently that 30% of homes and business spaces in South Bend were empty or abandoned, as of 2016. Sad to see that happen... but at least it's not as bad as Gary, IN.

            Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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            • #21
              Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
              I read recently that 30% of homes and business spaces in South Bend were empty or abandoned, as of 2016. Sad to see that happen... but at least it's not as bad as Gary, IN.
              The area around South Bend (called Michiana) is doing really well. Mishawaka/Granger is doing very well within St. Joe County. The same regime has been in charge in South Bend since the 1930's, except for a short period in the 1960's, and South Bend proper is run a lot like a little Chicago.

              Anderson, Muncie, Michigan City and as you point out, Gary are other sore spots in the state. Otherwise, the remainder of the state is doing really well. South Bend has been on the longest downward trajectory, as Gary was named an "All American City" in the late 60's. About five years after Studebaker left South Bend. The other areas began their decline in the 70's. South Bend's decline maybe isn't as steep, but it and Gary have placed highly on the "Most Dangerous Cities in America" list most recently. Hardcore crime is out of control in South Bend, and the city's relationship with it's police department has become treacherous during the past decade. I probably shouldn't go any further. Enough said.

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