SB Common Council goes door-to-door with Taking it to the Streets program

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend city council member could soon be knocking on your door.

It's part of a new program called Taking it to the Streets.

Wednesday night a few Common Council members walked door to door on the city's north side asking folks what they like or don’t like about their neighborhood.

Some of the top concerns include crime, vacant and abandoned houses and speeding.

Council members said they'll be walking in various districts a few times a month and hope to make improvements to the city by allocating more resources during budget hearings.

“So council members don't just see it on a pie chart or graph,” explained South Bend Common Council member Derek Dieter. “They are out here seeing things they've probably never seen before. So that's the premise of getting other council members out, so when we are talking the talk, we've already walked the walk.”

Wednesday night's walk happened to be at the corner of Elwood and Adams where Nathan Hall, 18, was shot and killed two weeks ago.

Several folks said they'd like to see more of police presence.

Neighbor Fred Sonneborn: “More patrols, and when we do call ‘em it seems like they’re always like you know we had a drug bust over three blocks down so your call will have to wait.”

“Safety issues have come up quite a bit,” said South Bend Common Council member Tim Scott. “Seeing more police. A lot of people would like to see police out walking these neighborhoods.”

Last year the Common Council arranged bus tours.

This year letters are being sent out to neighborhoods in advance to let folks know when council members will be walking through the area.

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