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During my two-year tenure as a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow in Youngstown, Ohio I found myself asking “What is Youngstown’s future? Will it truly recover from Black Monday and the darkest days of deindustrialization, population loss and economic challenges?”

Earlier this year, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) and the City of Youngstown held a series of public meetings to gather feedback from residents regarding the conditions of their neighborhoods.

A state park organization honored the Glenwood Community Park on the city’s South Side with a second-place award in its best partnership category.

With the amount of abandoned buildings in Youngstown, many ask why not just tear them down.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has created a plan to address the four key priorities residents have about the city.