Western Educational Ecosystem (We2)
Western Educational Ecosystem (We2), an extension of BCe2, began their work in a small area on the West Side of South Bend spanning from Olive Street to Falcon Street and W. Western Avenue to Sample Street. Small scale projects of surveying neighbors and mapping vacant lots were starting points in getting an understanding of the West Side. A community clean-up and picnic event were held to create a space where community can occur. A GIS map was created with the vacant lots data collected through physical scouting and using the City’s Open Data Portal. With plans to expand beyond the current geographic focus, this is only the beginning in the work of learning about the West Side, its residents, and in providing capacity to community led efforts.