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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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 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(2240 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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(232 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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(189 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 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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8lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Nothing downtown Lee? There's certainly not an absolutely amazing children's museum, Oh Wow! Have you bothered taking a tour of the new history center? Stunningly beautiful. Of course, downtown is home to our teaching and performing ballet and well as our symphony orchestra and the finest collection of American art in the county.

Let's see Lee...downtown is also where our new $70million federal research lab is located as well as our 15,000 state university. It's also where the Youngstown Business Incubator has built an enormous technology campus where people from all over the world come to visit.

And how about entertainment Lee? The shows at the Oakland are the best theater in the region. Then how about all the sports and entertainment options offered by the Covelli Center? And the restaurant scene in downtown blows away the crap you have in the burbs.

Downtown is the hub of the regional legal community with all federal, state. county and city courts located there in addition to all the major law firms.

So Lee, other than being an idiot troll living im your mommy's basement, can you add anything of value to the discourse?

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9peacelover(839 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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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10DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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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