“The downfall of Youngstown’s South Side is one of the greatest tragedies in American urban history. It’s hard to imagine how the city as a whole can survive in any meaningful way without a stabilized South Side.”
I agree with that quote and when I read it I thought you would be addressing what's happened to Market Street- and specifically Uptown. The South Ave. corridor strikes me as a bit of a sideshow- the real heart of Youngstown's South Side is Uptown- and what do we find there?
One vacant, decaying building after another. One of the few functioning businesses left is- you guessed it, a Pawn Shop that takes in automobiles and the attached lot for those vehicles is surrounded by a fence of not just barbed wire- but Razor Wire (I'm surprised it isn't electrified). Says it all.
Now, let me see, what would be required to get law-abiding people- were not talking about muggers, pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other assorted criminal scum - to flock back to Uptown - and the rest of the South Side? One requirement and one only is needed for revitalization to happen - litter can be overlooked- the requirement is: PERSONAL SAFETY. No rational law abiding person is going to go for their amusement to places where the likelihood of getting your life shortened by gunfire is statistically high. People aren't dumb- they figure the odds. There was another shooting at one of the few remaining South Ave. taverns in Youngstown just a few months ago. Would I frequent any of those mean streets after dark? Not on your life- even day time is iffy. Why should I go there when I can go to restaurants and taverns in Boardman or the Strip in Niles- and enjoy, along with a good meal, a reasonable expectation of getting home in one piece.
I have a suggestion. If the Community Boosters you mention want to do something concrete and really courageous- they should sign "pledge cards" promising next time they visit a tavern or restaurant, after dark, to only go to ones located on Market Street in Uptown or Youngstown's South Ave- modeled after Affirmative Action. The Vindy could start the ball rolling by having their editors and reporters pledge to that effect. Mickey's, for instance, is a very fine establishment and so is Irish Bob's- along with the Coconut Grove- the latest bit of parking lot gun play notwithstanding- and I'm told all these places employ (armed?) parking attendants to try to get you back to your car safely. Give it a try. Have some fun! Live dangerously.
September 9, 2014 at 11:49 p.m.
About time- what took you so long? The Vindicator should have written this kind of toughly worded- and factual- editorial years ago. The Youngstown "school" (sic) system is a disaster and a disgrace. We'd better start thinking about the welfare of the students and not the "care and feeding" of the Teacher's Union. All the available research shows that kids from dysfunctional homes (which applies to a high proportion of Y-town kids) do better- in fact, CAN only be helped, in highly structured schools with tight and demanding discipline (Parochial Schools?) What they are getting in most public schools- run by the greedy and self-serving Union- is a circus and a free-for all where the teachers are afraid to discipline. A Disaster and a Disgrace.
September 8, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
Walt,What a traumatic experience for you and your family- especially the little boy. Thank God he pulled through.
It shows the devastating consequences of bacterial infection and how we need to be ever vigilant. More reason to take whatever measures needed to control- reduce- the population of Canada Geese in Mill Creek Park and other affected bodies of water- like Mosquito Reservoir (source of drinking water for Warren!). It's a life or death issue and there just isn't room for "bleeding heart" sentimentality.
If people want to make "noise" at Park Board meetings, let them do so in a constructive cause. Vociferously call for strict enforcement of laws forbidding the feeding of animals in the Park. That way, the Geese won't have to be euthanized.
July 29, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.
The major reason I started to be wary of the Mosquito Reservoir beach as a place to swim, is the annoyance of having to sidestep goose droppings on the way to the water, which started me thinking about the water itself- what's in it? If the grass leading up to the water was, in some places almost solid with poop, didn't that mean that the water itself had to be contaminated? But I saw a lot of other people there so I buried my doubts and went in anyway. One hot afternoon, a few years back, I pulled into the parking lot and saw a big sign: Beach Closed due to High Fecal Coliform Level.
That did it for me. I turned around and drove over to Lake Milton where I've been swimming ever since. Not a goose in sight (may it continue).
Fecal Coliform is nothing to mess with. Walt did well in pointing out the danger. The MCP police need to do a better job of enforcing the law against feeding animals in the park- better for the animals- better for us.
July 29, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.
Just read Walt's comment, too. Very good. He points out the dangers to human health (and other animals as well) of high fecal coliform levels in water. That's something we absolutely need to be concerned about. The Park Board did what they had to do under the circumstances (now they need to slap heavy fines against the scoff-laws and their bags of Wonder Bread).
By the way, referring to another local body of water, has anyone gone swimming at Mosquito Reservoir lately? I stopped swimming there precisely for the reason that I saw too many Canada Geese- and their little turd souvenirs- at the place. I swim at Lake Milton, instead- Craig Beach- a place thankfully clear of "rats with wings". If I start seeing them there- I'll have to switch over to chlorinated pools- a huge loss.
P.S. I have an Ithaca 20 gauge Pump Shot Gun at home and three boxes of shells begging to be used. Every time I see a flock of Canada Geese- my trigger finger gets itchy! I would love to blast a few of them. I mean, I would be fair- I'd fire a shot to get them air born- and then bring em down! Oh, God, what fun. (Of course, it's just a delightful fantasy of mine- I don't want to get hauled into court and have my pocket book bleed like a goose carcass.) Can you imagine the response of the bleeding heart "Animal Lovers" (huge misnomer)- the "Oh, isn't Bambi cute" crowd? They'd go Nuts (I might need a Protection Order!?). That just might be the best part...infuriating them.
July 27, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.
Almost all problems we have with animals- wild or domestic- are traceable to human stupidity- this one included. Now, if we could only have a roundup of dumb people- the kind who feed geese flabby white bread, for instance, even though anyone not comatose should know better- and GAS them, it might alleviate the problem we're currently having in the park district with the geese population explosion. And it would help alleviate a lot of other problems as well.
Only problem with gassing dumb people is it might decimate the Vindy Subscriber Rolls- and the Message Board would be virtually empty- except for comments like mine (and a few others, to be charitable). Back to the Drawing Board...
P.S. Seriously, though, Donjulio's message pretty well summarizes the issue: the Park Board had no choice under the circumstances- proving, once again, the correctness of my statement: "Almost all problems we have with animals... are traceable to human stupidity." If the idiots would stick to shoving flabby white bread down their own throats instead of dragging bags of it into the park to poison innocent animals- the problem wouldn't exist.
July 27, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.
re: JS "To just say no to the gay way is now considered hate speech!" Good Point! The biggest "corruption" we now face is the corruption of language by the Left- not just in this but in every other area: race relations - criticize a Black and you're a "racist"; call for Border Security to stop wetbacks and you're "anti-immigration"; ask for a strong national defense and you're a "militarist"; say you like a big juicy hamburger and you rile the PETA crowd; call for an expanding economy- to provide jobs for the layabouts on Uncle Sam's Big Plantation (which, of course, they won't accept)- and you're a Polluter who want's to wreck the environment - the List is Endless- whatever the Left want's to do is Holy and Sacred- Untouchable- and if you criticize their Agenda you get attacked.
It seems to me that calling a Male Homosexual a Sodomite is just Plain Speech describing their behavior- a lot more accurate than "Gay"- but, then again, these are the same people who refuse to call a Terrorist a terrorist- a description of what they do- preferring the wish-washy (and inaccurate) "Militarist" instead. Every part of language touched by Lefties gets corrupted.
P.S. I like to collect books and I look for old ones in flea markets. Recently I came across a volume by the New York actress Cornelia Otis Skinner (long dead) published in 1942 and describing a trip to Europe she and a girlfriend made in the twenties when they were both in their late teens. (A great read). The Title of that Book: "When our Hearts were Young and Gay". Gay! Remember what that word Used to mean- "happy" "lighthearted", etc- before it was corrupted by the Left to describe Homosexuals.
July 9, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
I love watching geese flying away in V-formation. I love watching them from a distance, studying their behavior with binoculars. I've Never fed geese- or any other bird- bread (especially flabby Wonder Bread- I wouldn't eat that garbage myself) or anything else in my entire life and I wouldn't think of doing so. It's the self-indulgent, stupid people who feed them that created the problem, changing magnificent wild animals into "rats with feathers" and Poop Machines. Walt makes an excellent point in his post- the logistics of slaughtering and safely preparing that many animals in hot weather would be horrendous- and what happens if somebody sickened and died- is the Park District immune from lawsuits? Better to euthanize and bury them.
Maybe the problem would be avoided if the Park police did a better job of enforcing the "no feed" regulations. Issue a few citations and maybe the Morons would start behaving responsibly. I doubt it though.
July 2, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.
@tnmartin- "homodisgustia". Good phrase- about sums it up. Of course, I know some heteros who prefer anal sex too. One guy I know said he won't fraternize with any woman unless she agrees to have anal sex with him. My thought, at the time, was, I hope he gives her an enema first. It IS disgusting- the thought of having sex with a sewer pipe.
Good comments, TN. I'm glad you're using an alias, otherwise you might find yourself in need of a new picture window tomorrow. "Gay" activists can be anything but gay- downright vicious. (We shouldn't forget that a high percentage of the Nazi Leadership in the SA and SS were gay- some of the most violent and bloodthirsty men in history. The idea of changing our definition of marriage to include them is ludicrous.)
June 28, 2014 at 11:49 p.m.
I don't disagree with the gist of your statement, Walt, but your way of saying it (the sarcasm and particularly the last part where you mention a "cane"- cruel and totally unnecessary) , and, especially, the poor timing- day's after the mans murder when his family were still reeling and grief-stricken. I mean, give the family a chance to deal with what, I'm sure you'll agree, was a rather devastating blow- plenty of time to dissect the why's and how's later (after, hopefully, the perp is apprehended; giving the family some kind of closure).
I speak as a "reformed" sinner. A former practitioner of the "slash and burn" school of Commentary ("no quarter given, none expected, thank you...") and, as I stated in one of my comments, I've gone over most of what I've said in the last year and a half with an editors blue pencil, trying to, mentally, rewrite some of them to make them more objective- more factual- less aggressive and opinionated. To be fair to myself, most of the targets of my "slash and burn" attacks have been Politicians- rather than "real" people with feelings and sensitivity; my view of the political crowd is pretty merciless: "If they can't stand the heat, they don't belong in the kitchen", but, of course, even here, you have to be fair and many times I don't think I was.
Which brings me back to your comments on this thread. As I stated, I was really surprised at the harsh tone in some of your statements here, considering the history of all your comments, pretty good, really (in total a lot better than most my mine, actually: at least you never compared Gay Right's Activists to Masturbators, as I did in one of mine. My problem has been- and it's a weakness I am struggling to overcome- is I like to say and write things purely to annoy people. I am a Satirist by nature and I like to shoot from the hip. I'm trying to change and apply something I read not too long ago: "All Good Writing is re-writing").
June 28, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.