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Old 10-09-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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According to AARP South Bend, Indiana is one of the best places to retire in the country.
Where to Live and Retire for Low-Cost Living and Saving Money in the U.S. - AARP

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South Bend, Ind.: College Legend, Housing Steal

Population: 316,900

Median home price: $82,500

Median mortgage payment: $315

Median annual property tax: $846

State tax on Social Security: No

State tax on pensions: No
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:18 AM
 
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That could be said about several towns in Indiana.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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Question, why isn't there much of a discussion on the Indiana forum about South Bend?
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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That could be said about several towns in Indiana.
South Bend's geographical location gives it a slight edge to other cities in the state I think.

You have the south shore line that goes from the airport to the heart of downtown Chicago. You're smack dab in the middle of Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, proximity to Chicago reigns supreme though.

Indianapolis is still a very affordable place to live, but the influx and growth of the city has increased real estate, South Bend and the surrounding area is still a huge bang for your buck area. For its size it's really only competing against 3 other cities in the state, that would be Fort Wayne, Evansville, and Bloomington. Though Fort Wayne is the largest, they all have fairly similar amenities.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Question, why isn't there much of a discussion on the Indiana forum about South Bend?
You'd think there would be, it's the second largest CSA in the state after Indianapolis. Over 700,000 people in the Combined Statistical area.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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I'd actually say the South Bend-Mishawaka area has more amenities than Fort Wayne right now, but Fort Wayne is doing much more with their redevelopment of the Downtown area.
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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I'd actually say the South Bend-Mishawaka area has more amenities than Fort Wayne right now, but Fort Wayne is doing much more with their redevelopment of the Downtown area.
Really? I'd be curious to see that. I've only visited Fort Wayne once, but its downtown seemed very nice. Had the large corporate feel and the small local shops and restaurants here and there, even some apartments downtown which goes a long ways towards revitalizing it.

South Bend has taken some great strides in the last 5 years, renovating all those old buildings into new apartments, and the smart streets project, turning all the streets to 2 way instead of 1 way, I just hope it pays off, would really like to see DTSB rebound well.
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:52 PM
 
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I frequent both South Bend and Fort Wayne fairly often. I must say that I'm impressed with both cities and their downtown redevelopment projects. I mean, honestly, it is not easy to get projects off the ground in downtown areas. It doesn't just happen overnight in Rust Belt cities. Obviously, Fort Wayne has more momentum, being that it is a larger city with more of a corporate presence downtown.

However, South Bend definitely does a better job utilizing the waterways downtown. I've always been amazed at how underutilized Fort Wayne's waterways are compared to the South Bend metro area (including Mishawaka, Elkhart, and Goshen).

I really like what is happening in both cities, and I think it is great for our region, considering both cities are less than 2 hours apart. We have a lot to be proud of!
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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I frequent both South Bend and Fort Wayne fairly often. I must say that I'm impressed with both cities and their downtown redevelopment projects. I mean, honestly, it is not easy to get projects off the ground in downtown areas. It doesn't just happen overnight in Rust Belt cities. Obviously, Fort Wayne has more momentum, being that it is a larger city with more of a corporate presence downtown.

However, South Bend definitely does a better job utilizing the waterways downtown. I've always been amazed at how underutilized Fort Wayne's waterways are compared to the South Bend metro area (including Mishawaka, Elkhart, and Goshen).

I really like what is happening in both cities, and I think it is great for our region, considering both cities are less than 2 hours apart. We have a lot to be proud of!
Is there a major river that passes through Fort Wayne? As I said, I've only briefly visited the city once, and wasn't able to fully explore it.

I like the rust belt atmosphere of both cities, it's a key to their past, and many of those old building are being refurbished and repurposed. Honestly the only thing I really like about Indiana is its cities, I know that the grand majority of the state is farmland, and that bores me so much.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Fort Wayne
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Yes, it has three rivers. However, they have a brown-like color because of the high concentration of clay soil in the area. It really doesn't look appealing. But, rivers nonetheless!
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