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Youngstown's trying to be helpful, but ...

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published November 21, 2011

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I know I'm begging to get slapped for this, but this just leapt out at me today:

The city of Youngstown is reaching out to citizens to get them involved. Apparently there's this new thing kids are doing these days called blogging.

Here's a blog from the city community development group. I'm not going to pick at the typos in the headline because, well, I work at a newspaper and ... well .. moving on ...

Anyway, what struck me is how completely uninviting the invite is. Look:



Monday, November 21, 2011

Putblic Imput Meeting: November 28th!

Join the City of Youngstown on Monday, November 28th @ 6:00 pm to discuss the Module 2 draft of the redevelopment code! Come and share your input, comments and concerns!

The Module 2 will address the general provisions from the Module 1 plan. Development standards of the redevelopment code will also be discussed, as well as the review procedures.

The draft is currently available online.

Monday, November 28, 20ll
6:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
                                                                         30 W. Front St.

I'm as thrilled as anyone with asking for input and comments. But in 30 words or less, find something more compelling than: General provisions, Module 1, Module 2, code, redevelopment, discuss, address, standards, draft ....
Note that they even used an exclamation point after "code." Get your popcorn ready ...

It's out of these meetings that come building signs, parking laws, green space, restaurant hours, noise laws and other critical things that affect all of us.
And when I read this invite, all I get is, well, "Bueller .... Bueller .... Bueller ..."

I did click the online link, and it goes to a general city page that has this meeting buried. It's 1:30 and I still can't find it.


1AtownAugie(850 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

The word "module" always was synonymous with NASA's space program. And a phrase linked with the space program was "jettison the module." Hmmm ... odd how that phrase would come to mind with this "invitation." What's next? The obvious: "Youngstown, we have a problem."

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2joly1584(24 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

You asked for it:


It took me about 25 minutes of random searching. Finally found it under the heading About Youngstown - Youngstown 2010.

Looks like 231 pages of fun reading.

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3toddfranko(101 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Joly for the 25 minutes to find the gist.

I'll admit though that within my family is a relative who sent out 100 or so "You're invited" cards not too long ago .... and they got the time and the place and the honorees absolutely perfect.

But never did the invite say what you were coming for.

Thankfully, the celebratory typeface at least conveyed it was not a funeral.

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4Askmeificare(841 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Damnit to hell - Some of you Vindy commentators are not in the holiday spirit.

Now Todd Franko did an excellent job of inviting us into an issue using humorous overtones and all some of you spoiled commentators can do is start an argument over one of the other, "should be banned" commentators passing the celebratory gravy.

Some of you folks should be sitting at the CHILDS table.

Thanks for the tea Mr. Franko. Scones anyone?

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