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Youngstown residents vent concerns at community meeting

Published: Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 10:00 p.m.

Youngstown residents vent concerns at community meeting

Youngstown residents vent concerns at community meeting


Residents from other parts of the city joined several Idora-area residents Thursday evening to discuss the Idora and the Fosterville areas of the South Side.

Some at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. meeting felt that the Idora area is focused on too heavily, while other areas in the city need more attention.

“We hope the prosperity [here] spreads across the city,” said Bruce Harapcio, Idora resident. “It would be a privilege to be a model to the rest of the city.”

This was the fifth of nine meetings, this one hosted at the Rescue Mission administrative office on Glenwood Avenue, by the YNDC to discuss its “Neighborhood Conditions Report.” The goal is to receive feedback from the residents about what they feel are the assets in their community and the priority areas that need addressed.

“We understand how important it is to be on the same page as everyone,” said Bill D’Avignon, director of community development and planning for the city.

Areas of discussion during the meeting were demolition, blight and limited funding the city has.

“We are here to get your input,” D’Avignon said. “We cannot address everyone, everywhere.”

Read more in Friday’s Vindicator.


1Ianacek(909 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Most of the blighted houses residents want demoed were livable or even lived in less than 10 years ago . Currently , they will never catch up with blight because its a symptom of wrong policies . Because of policies ironically designed to protect people, vacant houses and land don't come onto the market and find new owners quickly enough. Also , its too hard to amalgamate lots to provide the new larger sites that are more saleable.

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

It is the people stupid.

Work camps and orphanages.

@Ianacek, you got it right. Depopulation and investment unwilling to enter a heavy regulated envrionment. All these meetings are to justify job existence by the community organizers and inept City officials. This dance was done before many times. Solution, the energy industry will fill the void. Housing stock for the migration of blight? dense areas.

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3JRBYoungstown(44 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Let us all hold are breath and wait for the natural gas industry to save us all!

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4city_resident(513 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

With all this talk of "suburbanizing" the city in these comments, I hope some effort is made to preserve the urban character of some of the more intact neighborhoods. For some of us, the tightly packed houses on small lots are part of the charm.

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5UticaShale(854 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

@JRB, today, another $81 Million invested in YTown, facts read Billions invested and this is just the beginning. If you have another solution lets see it.................thought so, all wind.

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