News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Hennes Paynter Communications

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Youngstown's plan to shrink is slowly coming together
Some residents impatient with rate of change
by WKSU's KAREN SCHAEFER


Reporter
Karen Schaefer
 
The former steel city is trying to reshape its image, while physically shrinking housing and building stock
Courtesy of Karen Schaefer
Download (WKSU Only)
Youngstown got a lot of national and even international attention two years ago when it formally decided to shrink the city. Since then the former steel town has been tearing down abandoned houses with the goal of pulling out of some neighborhoods and turning them into urban gardens or public green space. Some say the plan is working " others aren't so sure.
Click to Listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (7:05)


(Click image for larger view.)

The sound of bulldozers knocking down buildings is a familiar one in most cities, but in Youngstown it's a constant sound track. Since the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970's the city's population has shrunk from 170-thousand residents to less than 73-thousand. A few years ago, Youngstown decided to embrace its new size. The city adopted a redevelopment plan called Youngstown 2010. A key component is to knock down abandoned homes and vacant buildings and then to leave the property open, rather than redevelop it. City planner Anthony Kobak says eventually some neighborhoods will be abandoned and utilities permanently turned off.

Related Links & Resources
Youngstown 2010 plan

NPR: Small is Better for Youngstown, Ohio

Listener Comments:

Joe-

The problem is that Youngstown has lost over 1/2 it's population. I used to live in a nice House in youngstown in a nice neighborhood and bought the house for $17,000. When I left, 4 of the eight houses on our Cul-de-sac were empty and I sold my house to a neighbor for $6000 who tore it down rather than watch it become an Eyesore.

No matter what kind of incentive you give, we've got a surplus of housing thats too expensive to maintain.

For years, concerned residents have joked about "Nuking Youngstown and starting over" and that's what Youngstown 2010 is about. The harsh reality is that many neighborhoods are not going to recover. Take a look at the Northside where urban homesteaders have tried for years to restore ad maintain those mansions-yet there are less and less stores and facilities to support them.

Youngstown is on the right path. The harsh truth is services need cut, Eyesores need pruned, and growth needs to be promoed only where it will do the most good.


Posted by: Lou (Youngstown (www.Steelvalleyoutdoors.info)) on March 20, 2009 9:31AM
Not a bad idea, but I can't help but wonder if they wouldn't have been better off giving those homes to families who could qualify for a small home improvement loan (providing they actually live in the houses and not rent them out or try to re-sell them at a profit). It seems to me that a lot of people now struggling to pay on bloated mortgages might have been happy to have the chance to own a home outright and make improvements to it as needed (though certainly some are beyond repair)...


Posted by: Joe (Kent) on March 19, 2009 2:25PM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Republicans protest the loss of Mt. McKinley
I believe the U.S.gov't. was overstepping its bounds by renaming a mountain that belongs to Alaska. How would we like it if Alaska (or any other state) telling ...

Pluto: University of Akron cuts baseball - should football be next?
remember when akron and Youngstown state were both in the ovc. As a Morehead State fan, made trips to both schools and had a wonderful experience. Played Akron ...

Ohio to aid young adults who age out of foster care
I think it's a great idea. I worked for an at risk high school and it was really sad to see the amount of kids who had no where to go because they had aged out...

Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
Outsiders are so far off the beaten path and you all need to attend the meeting being held today 8/31/15 Cleveland Public Library, 1:00 PM. http://44112news.co...

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University