Some cities believe in reconstruction or at least salvage. Youngstown never has. It makes no sense to destroy old landmarks and houses without saving the old, usable lumber, moldings, doors, floors, stone, slate roofs, etc. that quite a few home owners today value.
And why house hunters would want to live in new pressboard construction rather than restore authentic old oak, mahogany and pine is so beyond me. Long live Rehab Addict on HGTV!
March 31, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
It's only after these magnificent examples of architectural history are gone that younger generations complain, "What did you do to our town?" If the young started complaining now, en masse, joined by Boomers who remember Wick Park in its prime, the forces of destruction currently in power would see the future and the reason in saving historic properties.
Gentrification is changing neighborhoods everywhere, but it needs initial and sustained commitment. Keep the Faith, Wick Neighbors!
March 18, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.
Maybe if the general directive of YSU was more "individualize, question authority" than "obey" the university might attract more serious candidates - for everything from President to Deans and on down. With all the entrepreneurial businesses happening downtown, indeed around the world, college students need to develop critical thinking not follow orders which is what is encouraged at YSU.
February 26, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.
What a great idea!
February 25, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.
To polhack,These programs are exactly the kinds of help, along with consistent mentoring, that inner-city children need. They've worked in schools from Minneapolis to New York.
Alternative classes and in-school suspensions are far smarter than sending children back into their home environments where they learned generational, problem thinking and behavior.
It's so hard to listen to you one-way thinkers who can't open to real solutions just because they don't fit your harsh point of view. Very glad you're the minority these days.
January 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.
Love Ford Nature Center!
January 5, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
Youngstown will never have a viable education plan until its racism is transformed into trust and mutual respect, and judging from the primarily hate comments posted here after Vindicator stories regarding crime, that's not about to happen.
I tried retiring there after 30 years in California but it was like living in Father Knows Best land, with all the pretense of great families and very few ever actually speaking emotional truth. A movie that reflects Ohio and Pennsylvania? Prisoners. The victimized family doesn't communicate.
If it's true that all of life's riddles are answered in the movies, Youngstown has to live the plot of How to Train Your Dragon where a boy risks past the sins of his father to understand that his enemy is not evil, just afraid. Everyone is afraid. I had to move back to California.
January 1, 2014 at 10:49 a.m.
So glad to hear you're still doing what you love, Frank. Miss being your neighbor for that short time on Old Furnace. Wonderful luck and happiness to your family in the New Year.
December 27, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.
Coffee cake and teaching cooking to kids. It doesn't get much better than that. Good for you!
December 26, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
It's very strange that with so many obviously intelligent Youngstown residents posting here, ridiculous people keep getting elected. Why don't you have someone you deserve?
December 7, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.