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Would you sign up to rent one of the upscale downtown Youngstown apartments planned for Realty Towers?

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Yes 33%
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No 66%
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963 total votes

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1 pj (80 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Would definitely; if there was a grocery store in the area to serve the food & drug needs of the tenants.

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2 bellab (5 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I would Absolutely live downtown. Especially in an upscale apartment!!!!

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3 valleyred (1100 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Would love to live in those apartments. Hell they got 2 bedrooms, if any of you worked downtown and had just one kid; it's certainly a thought to save some gas money..

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4 apollo (1227 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

To Valleyred. Yeah, the kid could hang out at Silvers Vogue shop all day long!

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5 Cbarzak (110 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I bought a suit from Silver's and people always compliment me on it when I wear it.

I'd live downtown if there were a grocery store and a couple of cafes as well as the bars and restaurants already open, and a dry cleaner as well as a laundry mat. A couple of ethnic restaurants would do good down there too. Thai. Indian. Japanese. Real Japanese, not like the faux Chinese-run Japanese restaurants in Boardman and Niles. If you can get these sorts of businesses to open downtown, you'd have a little oasis in the middle of post-industry (other than the university) and it would be a nice place to hang out. I already hang out downtown a lot and have a good time, and it's very safe, police always perambulating the area, checking in on businesses. I'm not sure why some people think "hoodies" hang out down there. I guess it must be old perceptions haunting the new reality that's coming in to being in Youngstown, slowly but surely. I would think our neighbors in the various surrounding suburbs would be happy to hear things are moving in a better direction here. What's good for our neighbors is good for us. It makes us all able to be our better selves, rather than desperate and dysfunctional. The bitter and cynical and sarcastic comments from the various suburban posters on this site always make me feel bad for humanity because it reveals a general smallness and meanness of mind and heart,almost a kind of hope that Youngstown's community will fail. Laughter at the expense of a poor community ridden with many problems that good people are trying to correct and address. A bully's perspective, to pick on the vulnerable. Shooting fish in a barrel.

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6 apollo (1227 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Yeah Barzak, lets forget that Youngstown has the highest unemployment rate in Ohio. Let's forget that crime is one of the highest in the country and the murder rate is certainly in the top ten per capita. Let's also forget that the city schools are one of the worst performing in the country and graduate a dismal percent. Is downtown a cesspool? Not really. But that is the standard for dead cities. The cesspool is the surrounding housing and the lack of gainful employment outside the public sector. Are we as suburbanites happy that Youngstown is like this? Certainly not since it affects us negatively too. It'd be nice to have industry clamoring to come here. A factual based diatribe is no more small than a certain mayor trying to pick the pockets of the suburbanites because he can't find enough dollars from within. Trying to revive a dead city is neither worthwhile or intelligent.

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7 Cbarzak (110 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Who said anything about forgetting those issues you mention? Seems to me you're assuming people are trying to forget. I think people are trying to move forward. A dead city is one where there are no people. There are people here. Not trying to revive ailing communities, for me, is a base symptom of consumer culture which has turned so much of America into the disposable, throwaway society it's become. People abandon, are fine with throwing something away if it isn't new, if it isn't already ready to go and do big things, rather than work to make things work better. We simply have different values, that's all.

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8 JRBYoungstown (44 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey Apollo read the news Dayton and Cleveland both have higher unemployment rates than Youngstown. Its amazing how scared some people around here are. I thought this area had tough guys, not paranoid shut-inns who think Youngstown is a warzone. Downtown is safe ask anyone who works or does business there. Its time for the people of this valley to grow a pair!

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9 valleyred (1100 comments) posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Downtown is the safest area of the entire Mahoning Valley statistically.

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