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Youngstown mayor: Move some large downtown events to Covelli

Published: Fri, August 9, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — With summer festivals that close downtown streets to vehicular and even pedestrian traffic for days, along with an increase in the number of people living in that area, Mayor Charles Sammarone is proposing some events consider relocating next year to the nearby Covelli Centre.

The city is receiving complaints from some downtown residents about festivals that block access to their apartments and vehicles and are too noisy, the mayor said.

Some downtown business owners have complained that event organizers put up gates in front of their buildings — sometimes two days before a festival starts — making it difficult for customers and clients to park nearby and even walk to the businesses, Sammarone added.

“With people living downtown, it’s their neighborhood, and we don’t want it to be noisy or difficult for them to leave their homes,” he said.

And blocking main downtown streets for days for several weekends during the summer can be frustrating, Sammarone said.

“I get hot myself trying to get around downtown,” he said.

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1sknirak(120 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Moving the event to the Covelli Centre defeats the purpose of holding it in downtown Y-town. It's good for the town to have people going around the various streets the event entails.

Isolating them at the foot of the bridge in the Covelli parking lot doesn't build a good feeling, an empathy for Y-town.

Something can be worked out to placate the tax paying merchants whose access for their customers is blocked. The problem can be solved.

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2AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr Sammarone: With people attending the festivals in record numbers -- and bringing something to Youngstown that's been heretofore rare: good publicity -- please consider appointing a "Festivals Task Force" to alleviate the perceived problem, rathed than force events somewhere "out of the way" by administrative fiat. It might include, for example, event organizers, event sponsors, lay citizens, and downtown business owners -- no more than nine or so. With each final plan approved by the Mayor's office, a "no surprises policy" would be effected. (Although I know that "God so loved the world He did not send a committee," for buy-in, they can't be beat.)

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