Pete Buttigieg has been enjoying a lot of attention for his 2020 presidential campaign. But while he’s been out cozying up to voters abroad, the South Bend mayor’s residents have been left forgotten.
For example, the abandoned Studebaker plant that Buttigieg officially launched his campaign from is supposed to be converted into an 800,000-square-foot tech hub. A hefty push for progress in the city. But those who live close by aren’t noting any changes.
C.J. Neely is a 16-year-old inhabitant of the small city home to roughly 100,000 other and lives a few miles from the plant. But he didn’t hold back in his criticism.
“This s— looks the same, every time I walk through here,” Neely admitted. “He’s improved s—,” he added of Buttigieg.
This is just a small bit of the resentment that is building as Buttigieg continues to fall short on his promises to the small city.
Like the 1,000 Houses project that Buttigieg so often boasts of, despite claiming it as a success residents point out that it left a lot to be desired.
With the demolition of numerous houses, dust clouds rise from the demolition which residents fear is tainted with asbestos and lead. Vacant lots where crumbling home stood have been turned into small garbage dumps, bringing pests and foul stenches to the streets.
Being on the campaign trail is vital to winning an election but given that Buttigieg can’t meet the obligations he faces from a small town, how will he meet the needs of the entire nation?