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Twenty-nine years have passed since Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church on Youngstown’s South Side bought the Idora Park property and proclaimed plans to create a spiritual community called the “City of God.”

When it comes to developing the Idora Park property on the city’s South Side, the property owner routinely is long on promises and short on cash.

Writing this post during my semester at NACEDA was a journey that started with a problem and ended up as a profile of a remarkable solution.

Youngstown, Ohio is a classic example of a city where its physical footprint does not fit its current market.

The city’s planning commission gave its endorsement to a plan to redevelop the U.S. Route 422 corridor, which includes increasing industrial areas, adding more lighting, medians, bike paths and sidewalks and stabilizing residential areas.