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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

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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.


Comments

1UticaShale(854 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks 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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2billdog1(1412 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks 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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3JRBYoungstown(44 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks 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 7 months, 2 weeks 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 7 months, 2 weeks 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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