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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.

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