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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.


1billdog1(2907 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Migration needs to happen. People migrated to the Mahoning Valley for nearly 100 years for the jobs. At one time valley had more jobs than people. When the jobs left so did the people. People have been leaving for nearly 40 years now. I encourage people that want to move away to move. We have to many people in the valley to sustain employment, living arrangements and sanitation. Those left after the migration away, didn't have the means to maintain the upkeep on these houses or converted them to rentals. With the advent of rentals and many of these large homes converted to triplexes they became money vacuums creating blight. I believe as these structures are removed, many homes in the city will resemble rural properties making them more desirable than homes crammed together. This is a transition that takes time. There is no instant fixes. The valley will prevail.

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2JRBYoungstown(44 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

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

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