Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the city of Youngstown have completed the first phase of a citywide planning process, which resulted in a 287-page comprehensive Neighborhood Conditions Report.
The next phase of the planning process will engage residents through a series of neighborhood meetings designed to gather input on priorities for stabilization and development for the city at citywide and neighborhood levels.
The input, ideas, feedback and information received during this process will be integrated with the neighborhood conditions data to develop a series of citywide strategies and strategies for further development at the neighborhood level.
The schedule of public meetings is:
Rocky Ridge/West Side: Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Afflicted, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave.
Pleasant Grove: March 4 at 6 p.m. at Newport Library, 3730 Market St.
Cornersburg: March 6 at 6 p.m. at New Covenant Worship Center, 1900 Canfield Road
Landsdowne/East Side: March 11 at 6 p.m. at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave.
Idora/Newport/Fosterville: March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Rescue Mission, 2246 Glenwood Ave.
Wick Park/North Side: March 17 at 6 p.m. at Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St.
Brownlee Woods/Powerstown/Buckeye Plat: March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Community Covenant Church, 1919 E. Midlothian Blvd.
Lincoln Knolls/East Side: March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Side Library, 430 Early Road
Oak Hill/South Side: March 27 at 6 p.m. at Oak Hill Collaborative, 507 Oak Hill Ave.
Among the highlights of the report are statistics showing Youngstown’s population dropped by 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, from 95,732 to 66,982. It also shows that 3,062 houses have been demolished between 2007 and 2013.
The report also shows that the average home sale price in 2013 was $21,327, while the median household income in 2011 was $24,880, which is half the national average.
There were 2,532 foreclosure filings between 2007 and 2012, the report shows. The percentage of residents without a high school diploma decreased 20 percent between 1990 and 2010, but 36 percent of city residents were living in poverty in 2012.
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