South Bend, Ind. South Bend leaders are hoping monthly trips around town on board a Transpo bus will get the wheels turning on solving the city's most pressing issues.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the city clerk joined seven council members on a ride through the 1st, 2nd and 6th districts that make up the west side.
The tour gave them the chance to get a first-hand view of the problems plaguing different neighborhoods across south bend.
City leaders say it's important to hear from those who deal with those issues on a day-to-day basis and get a balanced look before decisions are made.
“Often times you hear of the council vs. The administration, and it's nice to be in the same bus, going in the same direction,” said Councilman Oliver Davis. “Sometimes it takes actually physically being in the same direction and being in the same bus to have that same mindset as we work together to really build up the 1st, 2nd and 6th districts - the whole city's west side of town.”
Councilman Derek Dieter is also pleased with the new bus tours.
“When you have graphs and pie charts and all the numbers, that's one thing, but when you're visually able to address some of the challenges that we have on the west side, that makes a big difference,” Dieter said.
Dieter says they have another bus tour scheduled for next week.
After that, he's hoping they ditch the wheels and spend one day every month walking through individual neighborhoods on foot.