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YNDC report will contain strategies to improve, stabilize neighborhoods

Published: Wed, April 9, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

YNDC will use input from meetings to compile report

By Sean Barron



What can be done to stem the tide of absentee landlords and property owners who know little about what they have bought — or simply don’t care?

Too often, people from out of state buy land in the city with little or no oversight, which in many instances sets the stage for neighborhood neglect, abandonment and blight.

That was a concern several people brought up during Tuesday’s Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. meeting at the Covelli Centre.

The final of several such sessions throughout the city was to examine data based largely on input from the previous meetings, noted Thomas A. Hetrick, a YNDC neighborhood planner.

The YNDC is to use the information gleaned from residents’ concerns, positive assessments and priorities for a report it will compile that will contain strategies for improving and stabilizing then city’s neighborhoods.

The effort also will take into account the city’s limited financial resources, he noted.

Hetrick began the one-hour session by reviewing several demographics pertaining to the city, such as population trends, residents’ median income, age and level of education and neighborhood rankings related to housing.

He also categorized neighborhoods as stable, functional, constrained, weak and extremely weak based on their housing stock and marketability.

According to the data, people’s top assets pertaining to their neighborhoods included strong neighborhood associations, community facilities and historic homes.

Main challenges were housing and property issues such as lax code enforcement, a greater need for housing demolition and tighter regulations regarding rental units, Hetrick noted.

Residents’ top priorities were maintaining roads and sidewalks, increasing community policing, encouraging greater economic development and improving aesthetics in the city’s corridors, he continued.

One attendee said she wanted to see more efforts to market the city and its neighborhoods, and another woman expressed frustration regarding what she contended was the same topics being brought up at the meetings followed by too little action.

“I feel your frustration because I’m frustrated, too,” said Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th.

“We’re trying everything we can to make this happen in the neighborhoods.”


1westsiderscare(35 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Comes down to new people moving into nice neighborhoods and in a matter of a year you can't believe it is the same property, For example two beautiful brick homes side by side on Schenley Ave. Less than a year one is red tagged. other looks like it's not far from behind. People do not care...and they are taking the rest of us down with them. No pride,no morals ,no work ethic...damn shame. Sad part cannot do anything about it. It's their property to do what they want. Plain frustrated!

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2Nurse_Midlo(34 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Residents' concerns should be commended - infrastructure maintenance and economic development - but the fact still remains Youngstown has very little flexibility in its budget and the highest tax rate in the state!

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3westsiderscare(35 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

High tax rates has nothing to do with resident's getting off there lazy A$$e$.

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4republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I'll say it again, quickest way to clean up the blight is torch the abandoned homes.

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5UticaShale(854 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Workcamps and Orphanages

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