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New signs of a welcoming downtown Youngstown

Published: Sat, November 10, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Downtown visitors will be greeted by signs welcoming them.

One “Welcome to Downtown Youngstown” sign was unveiled Friday on the south end of Central Square. The sign on the north end will be installed next week.

The signs, placed 2 feet in the ground with concrete, can be lit at night from nearby ground lights. Flower beds will be planted surrounding the signs in the spring.

Also, in a couple of months, about 60 new street signs will include “Downtown Youngstown” on them.

“It’s to help establish and recognize downtown as a new neighborhood,” said Bill D’Avignon, the city’s Community Development Agency director.

The city will spend about $5,000 for the street signs from federal Community Development Block Grant money, he said.

The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s Neighborhood Success Grant program provided the $2,200 needed for the two large signs on Central Square.

“We’re continuing to raise the standard of the look of the city,” said Sharon Letson, executive director of Youngstown CityScape, a program that focuses on city beautification.

In the past few years, the city has paid for street signs for six other neighborhoods, D’Avignon said. They are Idora, Lincoln Knolls, Brownlee Woods, Pleasant Grove, Garden District and Arlington Heights.


1lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Are the bullet holes still in the door of the factory near the post office building? Nothing downtown for me 'I don't like getting shot at.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What is being done for the impoverished sections of Yougstown to develop new neighborhoods other than tearing down dilapidated structures? How are Federal Community Development Block Grant money being used in the neighborhoods?

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3redvert(2139 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

There will also be signs going south on Market Street advising travelers to "scrutch down" while traveling through the southside due to the likely possibility of gunfire!!!

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4CountryGirl51(215 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Come on people !! Something nice was done to improve the city and you have to be negative about it !!

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5PhilKidd(186 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Clear internet trolling. Hit the 'flag' button on the comments you find offensive. Let's see if anything is done by The Vindicator.

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6StopBeingLikeThat(3 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

ha! man, i've really been missing out on all the fun here in the comments sections. this place is awesome. are you all professional comedians or are some of you amateurs? you guys are great. it's like you're playing characters that are xenophobic and self-hating at the same time. you say everything's garbage, but when anyone tries to fix or clean anything up, you attack them. man, this is some next level stuff. this is art. bravo! where do you guys come up with this stuff?

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7StopBeingLikeThat(3 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

wait, i'm gonna try. go easy on me, it's my first time performing comedy...


hi everybody. can you believe this guy phil kidd? right? he's doing all this stuff to try to make my city better, but it's not the part i think he should make better, but instead of making it better myself, i'm going to troll him on here! (hahahahahahah!!!)
i know, right? I mean (and this is going to be my tag line) WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS!?!?!? (hahahahahah!)
thank you, thank you!

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8peacelover(799 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

lovethiscity, save your breath. These dumb dumbs who constantly complain when someone tries to fix something up or make something better around here, don't even know what a symphony orchestra is, or could care less about business incubators or American art. They are content to sit at home in front of the boob tube,eat pork rinds and watch mud wrestling and b***h about the world.

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9DSquared(1445 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Lincoln Knolls is quite lovely this time of year. You should check it out on a moon-lit Saturday Night!

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