For Immediate Release:
> October 23, 2013: With the announcement of the conversion of the
former LaSalle Hotel to apartment units, attention turns to the retail
space available on the ground floors. Through the "I Wish This Was"
project community members have had the opportunity
to share their ideas for what they'd like to see in DTSB at this
location. Contributing ideas through stickers on the windows of the
LaSalle Hotel building, people have highlighted their wishes for shops,
restaurants and services. Some of these wishes include;
a gym, arts & crafts store, children's center, record/music store,
coffeehouse, nail/hair salon, pharmacy and more.
>The "I Wish This Was" sticker campaign is a low cost platform for
community engagement with an online tool for broader discussion.
Stickers provide a forum for all people to share their ideas for vacant
businesses on the spot. Community members are encouraged
to share their contact information at
wishsb.blogspot.com if they are interested in further discussing
their ideas through focus groups. These groups will categorize and flesh
out ideas to identify needs expressed by participants and organize them
for developers/ entrepreneurs. In addition,
wishes will be shared with current DTSB business owners to determine
if these needs can be met within existing stores, restaurants or
programs. In conjunction with the Code For America fellows, the
CityVoice technology also offers a phone-in alternative for
those wishing to share more detailed thoughts or respond to others'
The State, South Bend
214 1/2 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601