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University of Michigan and other schools and organizations are using a $6 million federal grant to continue studying the effects of improving blighted neighborhoods on reducing violence.
Phil Kidd, associate director of Youngstown Cityscape, founder of Defend Youngstown, and business owner of the Youngstown Nation store in downtown Youngstown, is the featured speaker at the Brownlee Woods Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday at Faith Community Church, 1919 E. Midlothian Blvd.
Hundreds of empty houses have been torn down in Youngstown, all in an effort to fight blight.
Gordon Wean, chairman of the Raymond John Wean Foundationand board member of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has been named this year’s recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award.

Green Youngstown partnered with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the City of Youngstown to coordinate and execute a massive blight-busting project on Youngstown’s South Side.