Originally Posted by 10023
Don't worry, it's much more deserted than it looks.
I once stopped driving through South Bend, looking for a coffee (any coffee) at about 9pm on a Saturday night. No dice.
I agree that it leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm guessing you just didn't know where to look. For a small city it does have some pretty good pockets of activity, relatively speaking. Also, while it is technically a college town, people forget that size wise UND is nowhere near as large as a U of Michigan or U of Wisconsin. There aren't nearly enough students to support the type of college town atmosphere that you see in Madison or Ann Arbor.