My brother told me about these mp3 walking tours that Rick Steves puts on his travel website for Paris. The concept works like this: you go to his webpage and download the free audio files which you can then upload to your mp3 player or iPod. The topics (on Steves' site) include the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Versailles, and a walk around the historic parts of Paris. You can access the site here.
Then, as you listen to the audio tour at your leisure, you learn historical and architectural facts as you walk around the area.
Something Youngstown needs at some point in the near future is a highly visible touist information point to get information about local attractions and maps in the downtown to guide visitors.
But until this happens, maybe we can create our own walking tour with the assitance of local historians, architects, and community websites that can be downloaded by the public for free.
Imagine, a person goes to a local website like www.downtownyoungstown.com and downloads (1) a collection of audio files which describes places with significant historical or architectural revelance downtown and (2) a map of downtown Youngstown with all the attractions labeled and numbered, which corresponds to separate audio files.
Imagine walking through Youngstown learning about the Man on the Monument pictured below, and how it is not the original statue put up after the Civil War.
Imagine learning about the Warner Theatre and the history of the Warner Brothers in Youngstown as you walk throught the DeYor Performing Arts Center.
Imagine tourists walking down Wick Avenue, learning about the hidden architectural gems in the all of the churchs built over 100 years ago.
hmmm...can this idea become a reality?