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East Side Coalition forms to clean up neighborhoods

Published: Sun, December 27, 2009 @ 1:10 p.m.

By Elise Mckeown Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — A nearly 40-year-old organization has joined forces with the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative to form an association aimed at cleaning up the East Side.

The North East Home Owners Association started in 1970, as a parent group at a local elementary school. Through the years, it has supported neighborhood improvement projects, school levies, the parent teacher association, cleanup campaigns and other projects, said Warren Harrell, president.

Now, with the MVOC, they’ve formed the Eastside Coalition. The MVOC was formed in March 2008 to improve the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley through the creation and support of healthy neighborhoods, primarily in Youngstown and Warren.

The goal of the new East Side group, said Harrell, is to bring people living in the 1st and 2nd wards together to help make the East Side an appealing location for those looking to purchase a home.

“At the present time,” Harrell said, “[people] are moving south, they’re moving west. We hope and pray one day that can be changed.”

There’s a lot of available land on the East Side, he pointed out.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why not make a good portion of it parkland and let the tree planting begin.As far as commercial developement- we have enough of that already in the tri county area. As over commercialised as Boardman is there is still tons of vacant stores ,buildings and places for rent and for sale . Why? Because Canfield ,Austintownand poland built up with all the commercial crap.We don't need any more of that waste of space and low paying jobs.You think commercial build up is the answer? It isn 't -Boardman is broke.

As for industrial why develope more land when there is enormous amounts already avaible in Youngstown?That type of stupid developement needs to stop.The east side is shot just plant native trees after the old stuff gets knocked down.

As for jobs ,are you serious? come on how long have we heard that mantra They aren't comming period.They didn't modernize the mills after WWII and the globalist had plans then to move manufactoring over seas. If they didn't want us to have and maintain good jobs then what makes you think they want us to have them now? No, there is a global plan a foot and even the sleepers are waking up to it now.Jobs aren't comming and if they do it will be the kind you can't raise a family on.Then when buisness comes they want tax abatements and when time is up they move on.I don't want to here any of the phony job creation crap.

What is neede is a fundamental change in the way our govt operates from the top down.We need Congress to start coing money again instead of the crooked ant-constitutional Federal Reserve private bank.Jefferson warned us about the evils of allowing a our current banking scenario and it has materialised.Govt needs to represent people once again instead of money interests from the local up through the Federal Govt.The rest is just smoke and mirrors double talk and lies.Oh and back our worthless currency up with something of value.

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2saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone here actually live on the East Side? Yes, it is full of run down homes and little business but it is definitely one of the safer sides of town nowadays. I live on the East Side and it has definitely changed over the last decade. I feel safer in my home or walking the streets over here than on the north or south sides on any given day.

And for the comment saying that far too much land is dedicated to residential use on the East Side, let's see if your opinion changes if lots of the Section 8 housing and project housing is demolished. The people will have to move somewhere. Why not the west side, Austintown or maybe Boardman? There are tons of landlords that would love to rent out their houses and apartments in those areas, Section 8 or not.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I have watched the steady decay of the East Side for a number of years . Constant killings a drug activity is what needs attention first . When crime is under control then investment may come to the East Side . Ray Starr from B&R Wholsale Tire made a wise move when the business left . The killing of the Auto Parts Store worker says it all .

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