As a native of Youngstown it thrills me to see the downtown revitalizing. I've lived all over the country and realize without a viable downtown no metropolitan area can sustain, let alone grow.
The fact is that downtowns all across the country are experiencing a rebirth...don't kid yourselves into thinking that this growth is limited to big cities only. Need proof...look no further to Akron, Dayton and Toledo.
YSU is at the epicenter and the university is an asset to the community. As the university continues to evolve so will the city. People from outside the Youngstown area realize that YSU is a great school.
These projects and the developers should be applauded for their willingness to invest in the community, not doubted or criticized! Based on a few of the comments it's clear that some of the "rust belt" mentality still lingers. It's a shame because it's these sort of backwards thinking people that have kept the city from rebounding quicker.
I am confident that these revitalization projects will succeed...a lot of careful planning by highly successful local business minds went into it. Some people are ignorant enough to believe that investors will blindly spend millions on projects without doing preliminary planning.
June 17, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
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