(NPR) In Ohio a Shrinking City Knocks Down Neighborhoods

By 2006, most of the steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio, had been gone for decades. The population was shrinking year after year. So the city launched a bold plan to redeem itself.

The plan: Quit trying to redeem itself….Youngstown walked away from the most fundamental assumption of economic development and city planning: The idea that a city needs to grow.

“We needed as a city to recognize that we’re a smaller city,” says Bill D’Avignon, head of Youngstown city planning. “We’re not going to grow; we’re never going to be the Youngstown we thought we were going to be.”

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One comment on “(NPR) In Ohio a Shrinking City Knocks Down Neighborhoods

  1. libraryjim says:

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to house the homeless in at least one of these neighborhoods?