There are strong opinions about what to do with all those vacant and abandoned houses in South Bend.
Now neighbors have a new way to tell the city what they think should become of the decaying properties.
“The goal of this project is really to solicit community feedback about properties that are on the borderline between ones that can be repaired or demolished,” said Tamara Manik-Perlman, a Code for America fellow working with the City of South Bend.
The non-profit partnered with the city to develop City Voice, a project that allows people to share their thoughts on what to do with hundreds of blighted properties all across town.
Some houses have yard signs with a phone number and property code. People can call the number and leave a message about the home. City Voice also includes a website which displays all of the vacant and abandoned houses and what people are saying about them.
“I called this afternoon and I've had several calls back already,” said Bob Stewart, who lives on Meade Street and is considering buying and fixing up a vacant home on his block.
“Instead of seeing it torn down,” said Stewart.
On Wednesday, the Code for America team will meet with residents to discuss the application from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Road, 744 S. Main St. Those interested in attending this meeting are encouraged to RSVP at gocityvoice.eventbrite.com.
Visit the City Voice site here: http://www.southbendvoices.com