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The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the city of Youngstown solicited input from West Side residents at the first of what’s intended to be a series of meetings.

Youngstown officials met Wednesday in the first of a series of meetings to create plans to improve neighborhoods.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., which serves as the city’s planning agency, is having public meetings, starting Wednesday, to obtain public input on its “neighborhood-conditions report.”

As the Route 422 corridor redevelopment plan gets fine-tuned, those leading the charge should consider sustainability and include Vibrant Northeast Ohio in the process.

A 287-page report relating to the condition of Youngstown’s neighborhoods provides some facts about the aging, shrinking city that should serve as a wake-up call for residents and others who believe that its viability is crucial to the Mahoning Valley’s well-being.