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Northside residents have hope for Youngstown

Published: Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Kalea Hall



Bob Harrell thinks Youngstown is coming back.

But he realizes the need for new jobs in the area to incite growth in the neighborhoods.

That was the top-priority challenge he listed at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.’s Crandall Park neighborhood meeting at the Jewish Community Center Tuesday evening.

About 30 people attended the meeting to give input to the YNDC on multiple North Side neighborhoods and to hear the “neighborhood-conditions report” the YNDC had put together. This was the 10th of 11 meetings hosted by the YNDC.

“Unfortunately, I think the challenge we have mainly is bringing back jobs to Youngstown,” Harrell said. “It’s going to be hard to grow without having [economic development].”

A YNDC representative discussed population loss, population density, educational attainment, median income for a household, mortgages, foreclosures and Youngstown Police Department calls for service for the areas discussed at the meeting.

The area of Logan Way to Elm Street has seen a large loss of about 1,400 people from 1990 to 2010. But the area of Crandall Park North saw a loss of only about 400.

The area north of Crandall Park is considered a functional area, while the area south of Crandall is considered a tipping-point neighborhood.

YNDC asked those attending to provide a list of three top assets in their respective communities, three priorities in the neighborhood that need to be addressed and whatever else the YNDC needs to know.

Harrell noted Crandall Park, Youngstown State University and Wick Park are three assets of his North Side community. He has lived in Youngstown in the same house on Crandall Avenue for 50 years.

“We’ve pretty much seen everything,” Harrell said,

Like Harrell, Cossell Burton of Curry Place is always interested in the neighborhood.

“I love Youngstown so much,” Burton said. “Youngstown is my town. That’s why I am at tonight’s meeting.”

To her, the challenges she sees as priorities include housing and the need for jobs.

“That’s what makes things happen,” Burton said.

The final YNDC meeting, where some of the preliminary facts gathered from previous meetings will be presented, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Covelli Centre in the community room.


1UticaShale(854 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Orphanages and Workcamps is the only solution.

Deep down inside the productive people of the Valley know it, see it and the YNDC perpetuates it. The savages destroying all our values. The children are also the victims, but by default grow up to be the new generation of savages. They are White, Brown, Black, race does not matter. It is perpetual, they reproduce faster than you can incarcerate them...we are losing.
Tough love, give the people back their dignity, not all can handle freedom.

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2billdog1(1590 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Ianacek, I couldn't agree more. The challenge becomes convincing the youth that their education is the biggest asset they have. We need to start connecting with them early. Second or third grade. Stay with them through high school graduation. Waiting until they are in high school is to late. The streets have lured them into the deviance that looks appealing, shows instant gratification, and take all dignity. More prisons, orphanages, or Workcamps have been tried and DO NOT work. The best social program is a good job, education and ownership in ones life and community. Suppression has never and never will work.

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3NilesOhio(753 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

The Browns will win the Superbowl before Youngstown makes positive changes.

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4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago


When did orphanages and workcamps for the unproductive not work?

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5city_resident(513 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Youngstown has already made positive changes, so why haven't the Browns won a Superbowl?

Do you really want things to be the way they were in Charles Dickens' London?

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6UticaShale(854 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago


Martial law for the unproductive State dependents.

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7andersonathan(669 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

By the time warm weather sets in gun shots and tires squealing around corners. The North-side will again loose people, a drug crazed atmosphere with thieves and all the delights that go with it. From ripping off your place when you go to work to clipping your battery on a spare vehicle to ripping you plumbing out. again and again. And they know nothing will ever be done about it, the crazies will make your life a living nightmare. My only peace is that the drug crazed idiot that attacked me is doing 2 years. But it does not begin to replace what i lost up until that time. So I will be gone in 1.5 years rather than putting up with a rehabilitated lunatic running loose. What is needed is a serious crack down on crime with serious sentencing.

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8billdog1(1590 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Ianacek, great book.

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9NilesOhio(753 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

@city_resident - I'm talking about *real* positive changes, not just window dressing. When you can walk through downtown without fear of being shot, when decent-paying jobs come back, when neighborhoods aren't full of blight or crack houses - then I'll agree that positive changes have been made.

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