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Neighborhood and Community Planning Overview

In order for the efforts of YNDC to transform and revitalize Youngstown’s neighborhoods to be effective, they must be guided by data-driven analysis and transformative strategies tailored to meet the community’s collective vision for the future. In order to understand that vision and determine appropriate programming to achieve it, YNDC works closely with the community, City of Youngstown, and Youngstown State University Center for Urban and Regional Studies to develop neighborhood plans and strategies that guide our collective work. These planning documents are founded in thoughtful research and authentic community processes.

Efforts by YNDC and its partners to implement comprehensive neighborhood plans have leveraged over $10 million in reinvestment in Youngstown’s neighborhoods since 2009.

The neighborhood action plans address housing and property issues, such as a need for code enforcement, demolition, housing repairs, or debris cleanup; infrastructure issues, such as a need for street resurfacing, or the repair of non-functioning street lights; safety concerns, such as sites of recent criminal activity; and recommendations for encouraging economic development and community building.

Many challenges and opportunities that face Youngstown’s neighborhoods must be examined at the city-wide level in order to develop an effective approach to addressing them.

Model blocks are transitional blocks with a fairly intact housing stock that, through strategic investment in addressing all blighted conditions along the block, could be brought to a stable condition that would catalyze additional reinvestment along surrounding streets.

The US422 Corridor Redevelopment Plan is a multifaceted corridor redevelopment plan for a study area of approximately three (3) miles along the US422 corridor, leading from Wirt Street in the City of Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio near the Madison Avenue Expressway to Liberty Street in the City of Girard, Trumbull County, Ohio.

One of the most critical efforts to revitalize Youngstown’s neighborhoods must center on rebuilding the vibrancy of Youngstown’s distressed neighborhood commercial corridors.

In 2014, an analysis of Youngstown’s housing market was completed based on a similar model developed by Alan Mallach, with the Center for Community Progress.

YNDC has produced a number of planning resources and guides to assist neighborhood groups with grassroots efforts to stabilize neighborhoods.