Monday, March 12, 2007

Moving to Youngstown? What an idea

A post on the DowntownYoungstown.com forums arose yesterday from someone who goes by the user name tenshoes asking something that few people do.

"I'm considering moving to Youngstown. Can you comment on Youngstown as a place for a family?"
Some of the replies are striking, and make me proud to be from Youngstown. A fine summary:
  • ..."I've never worried about my safety while driving through the worst parts"...
  • ..."Youngstown does have a lot to offer that the “big cities” have to offer...
  • ..."[Some people] slam the area that they live in saying its terrible and such, but yet they are still there. If it was really that bad, don't you think they would have moved out?...
  • ..."Downtown and YSU campus are amazing and has alot going for it"...
  • ..."Youngstown has a lot to offer, you NEED to go look for it. It is there..."

The best reply: In the last three days there has been downtown the Blue Man Group, 6 shows at community theaters, hockey, a lecture by a world-famous author, mystery dinner theater, a cd release party under the stars at the planetarium, jazz, a gallery opening, and number other music shows and pieces of nightlife. I will be en route to an operatic performance at a church downtown in 15 minutes.But I look at Youngstown as an exciting canvas for making one's mark. Teachers, administrators, and public officials are all very approachable. And we would welcome any individual who wants to get a great education and flourish in this town.

It is great to see people taking pride in where they live. So often you talk to people who are from Youngstown and they simply repeat the negative stereotypes which have existed for thirty years. They contribute nothing to our redevelopment but laugh at the attempt, because all they can think of is the way it used to be, not the way it is or will be. I feel bad for those people, because like the reply stated, Youngstown is an exciting canvas. You just have to bring the paint.

1 comment:

DEFEND YOUNGSTOWN said...

Nice post. Good summary, good point.