That sounds like a good idea!
February 11, 2009 at 12:12 p.m.
I have had my eye on that church for some time in fear that it would be destroyed by the wrecking ball. The church is in a bad location and I can understand why YSU considers it a problem. However,it is my understanding that the church is one of the oldest, if not the oldest church in Youngstown. It should be moved. I have already spoken with someone who has moved buildings in the past. It is not a large building and could be moved relatively inexpensively. We have plenty of vacant lots owned by the city or the building could be moved to property that belongs to a non-profit or placed in a park. The suburbs like Poland and Canfield have moved such historical stuctures, we should as well. It should be moved and restored!
February 11, 2009 at 11:21 a.m.
Have you been following the new law that goes into effect on 2/10/2009 that says that dealers may become legally liable for sales of items which exceed federal governmental lead standards? The law, aimed at keeping lead filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products for those age 12 or under, including clothing , be tested for lead and phthaltes. The law stipulates that manufactureres, importers and retailers must test their product to ensure compliance. This law applies to new and used merchandise. What is this going to do to places such as Goodwill and consignment shops that sell children's clothing? I see that this law could turn into a nightmare, not only for sellers of items, but for those parents in a financial bind that cannot afford to buy new clothing. My guess is that the second hand stores are not going to be able to test so will have to stop selling used children's clothing. I think this is a case of the law going overboard. Thoughts?
January 26, 2009 at 9:46 a.m.
After reading all of the comments here, my hope is restored. Yes, there are some naysayers as usual, but there is also optimism. Together as Phil Kidd often says, we'll continue to fight the good fight.
January 9, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.
October 29, 2008 at 12:20 p.m.
Thank you for saying that, it needed to be said.
October 19, 2008 at 1:41 p.m.
I have often been asked to define sustainable cities and some time ago went in search of a definition. My favorite is that put out by the institute for sustainable Communities. They say, "Sustainable communities are defined as towns and cities that have taken steps to remain healthy over the long term. Sustainable communities have a strong sense of place. They have a vision that is embraced and actively promoted by all the key sectors of society, including businesses, disadvantaged groups, environmentalists, civic associations, government agencies,and religious organizations. They are places that build on their assets and dare to be innovative. These communities value healthy ecosystems, use resources efficiently, and actively seek to retain and enhance a locally based economy. There is a pervasive volunteer spirit that is rewarded by concrete results. Partnerships between and among government, the business sector, and nonprofit organizations are common. Public debate in these communities is engaging, inclusive and constructive. Unlike traditional community development approaches, sustainability strategies emphasize: the whole community (instead of just disadvantaged neighborhoods); ecosystem protection, meaningful and broad based citizen participation, and economic self reliance." Youngstown is headed on the path toward sustainability, although we have a distance to go and obstacles to overcome, we must stay the course and not be deterred by nay-sayers.
August 26, 2008 at 9:17 a.m.
I've been saying this for years. I think it is a good idea, although I recognize the labor union issues involved, and hope that they can be reconciled. No one is ever happy about change but it is time for Youngstown to do this. I hope that Mayor Williams takes a leadership role in this change and does not allow himself to be deterred by those who always insist upon maintaining the status quo.
August 20, 2008 at 10:18 a.m.
Isn't it interesting that Ungaro was the former mayor of Youngstown and was responsible for the regulations regarding water, and now that he is the Township Administrator for Liberty, it has come back to haunt him. This is not Mayor Williams' fault. I'm very tired of having Youngstown blamed for everything that ever goes wrong and the Mahoning Valley getting credit for everything that goes right, even when it actually happens in Youngstown. Enough Youngstown bashing! It is petty, and does not make anyone in the area look good that is for sure.
August 20, 2008 at 10:08 a.m.
I think the study is poorly designed. I don't believe that telephone surveys provide an accurate reflection of much of anything these days due to the fact that many people no longer have landlines and those who do are often elderly, or lower income. This is a day of cell phones and unless the researchers were calling cell phones, they weren't talking to all of those people who provide endless hours of volunteer work every week. Those people weren't at home to take their calls or made good use of their caller ID, because they are too busy volunteering and participating in the community.
August 8, 2008 at 1:20 a.m.