A few short years ago, there was very little good happening in downtown Youngstown, in spite of a pretty big university sitting on a short hill within walking distance and a core of buildings that usually shock people with their beauty and quality.
Now there's a pretty active restaurant and club scene and the full residential restoration of one of the biggest buildings in town. Actually, it sort of looks like a little small business mecca is developing.
It's hard to say where this all started but one big thing was the opening of a technology incubator which offered, I think free rents and some of the resources of Youngstown State to small start ups.
Other small and incremental changes brought activity and made people more comfortable in the downtown. Like the free outdoor Summer movie Mondays on The Covelli Center Lawn.
Every Monday till August 30Th
June 28 Star Trek: The Future Begins
July 5 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
July 12 The Time Travelers Wife
July 19 Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
July 26 Twilight New Moon
August 2 The Blindside
August 9 Casablanca
August 16 The Princess and the Frog
August 23 The Dark Knight
August 30 UP
Details and more positive news about Youngstown can be found on I Will Shout Youngstown.
Readers of this blog know I'm pretty interested in that area. It's just too well located and has too many assets to be ignored.
Would anyone in Youngstown or with a good knowledge of what's going on there like to post on this blog? Email me at Diggingpitt@gmail.com.