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Starting at the center

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published June 16, 2009

It's easy to become despondent reading the news, whether it's about crime or the economy. It's easy to name the challenges we face as a community, whether prevalence of prejudice or the state of education. It's easy to write off Youngstown as a lost cause and turn your attention elsewhere. But there's a problem, too: Youngstown isn't going anywhere.

Youngstown is still the seat of Mahoning County, and though that kind of designation might have been fluid a hundred years ago, that's not changing now. There will still be thousands of jobs downtown related to government administration and related sectors. And Youngstown's situation will continue to affect its surrounding townships, whether they choose to work with the City to improve its lot or turn their backs and ignore it.

If we had leadership at the County level that talked up regionalism and worked to build coalitions for the advancement of policies that strengthened the region, starting from the center and spreading outward, that would be an important step in moving us forward collectively.

Right now, we have a mayor crying in the wilderness, to the disdain of his counterparts in the suburbs. Ironically, however, by being unwilling to give up any control over their situation, they will lose it all.


1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

WE need to be more like our cherished computers -to advance and become. Certain factions need to quit acting like crabs in a bucket. And for goodness sakes, Ytown, at least pave your main corridors!

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2Erplane(482 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

After I read your post Tyler, I kept thinking I would love to drop alot of the Valley 'leaders' into the middle of Tehran so they can see what true political courage is about.

I also think about a lot of these Valley buearacrats who may be decent people, but they try to hold on to their jobs to preserve their way of life. And that may include trying to send their kids to college, a noble cause indeed. But by holding on to their jobs, and ensuring inefficiencies stay in place, they are sure to do nothing to help their kids land a job in the Valley after they graduate. Its a paradox indeed.

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