Pure numbers don’t tell the whole story of the Oak Hill neighborhood in Youngstown. The numbers say the area is near death. The residents and officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. say the odds change when you factor in human determination.
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Officials with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. attempted to get a youth perspective on the city’s problems by meeting with students at Youngstown State University. While most city residents are concerned by population loss, YSU students are worried about decreased enrollment.
Some sections of Youngstown have about twice the population of 65 and older residents than the national average. While the city must find a way to help these residents on a declining budget, some businesses that cater to this age group are already seeing a spike in revenue.
The population of Youngstown is getting smaller – and older. The percentage of residents who are 65 and older is as high as 20 to 35 percent in some areas. This not only concerns those areas, but the development arm of the city. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will need to focus on bringing younger residents into these areas to keep them stable.
Roughly 70 South side residents attended an informational meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. The meeting at the Oak Hill Collaborative ran for two hours instead of one, which residents expressing their concerns over the lack of attention by leaders to their section of the city.
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More than 50 residents on the East side of Youngstown told the city’s development officials that vacant properties are a magnet for drug-related crimes. They also want an increased police presence and improvements to Lincoln Park.
During an information-gathering meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., residents in the 7th Ward blamed inadequate education for population loss. The city school district is on academic watch. Nick Durse of the ward’s Citizens Coalition said a strong school system is key to maintain and attract residents.
Some residents of the North side want the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to find ways to help them flip homes in the area. Instead of demolition, some residents want to refurbish the homes and sell them to new residents that the city is seeking.