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New signs designate Youngstown's first Italian neighborhood

Published: Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 6:32 p.m.


The city put up signs welcoming people to its Brier Hill neighborhood ­— the “home of the first Italian immigrants in Youngstown.”

The signs are located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and on Burlington Street.

Brier Hill is roughly bounded by the Girard border, West Federal Street, Worthington Street and Belmont Avenue.

The first Italian immigrants settled in Brier Hill in 1871, Tony Trolio said.

Trolio was born and reared in that section of the city and is the author of two books on Brier Hill’s history.

By the 1950s, more than 10,000 Italians lived in Brier Hill, with several of them working nearby in the steel mills, he added.


1TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, and on a warm Saturday evening after Dinner with your spouse, take a memorable drive to the old homestead through this area but making sure you have a loaded gun onboard and being prepared to duck for bullets. This gesture is simply 50 years too late. Like re-populating Crandall Park with swans and ducks, only to have them end up on somebody's dinner table on the North Side, instead of being there to go and feed.

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2laddjd(15 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

It was a great neighborhood when the people who live there had pride. When I take my mom to the festival each year we talk about how it used to be. I can see the sadness in her eyes.

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3300(561 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What, Italians don't live there anymore? It looks to me like they do.

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