I was born and raised in Boardman and moved out of the state 10 years ago. I now live in Oklahoma. For those of you who don"t think Youngstown is dying, leave for a while and then go back . I can remember as a young child being at a football game at South High School(when it was still open) and seeing a set of brass knuckles for the first time. Yeah, a little scary for a child. Since then they have closed South High School. They have also closed Southside Hospital, Tod's Childrens Hospital and I hear Northside is next. What's left. Anybody remember Idora Park, gee it's closed now too! Look around. The crime rate is high and who really wants their kids to grow up around that. Youngstown never really had a good reputation and it's only gotten worse over the years. Good luck to anybody who thinks they can fix it now!
August 9, 2008 at 12:20 p.m.