Friday, February 25, 2011

In Youngstown, doing "more with less" never looked so good . . .

Your homework, good friends, is to embed and email links of this 10 minute clip to all of your contacts, both near and far.

link here:

Kudos to the Regional Chamber for putting together a stunning video reviewing economic development actions in 2010.

Stunning video.
Stunning content.

When a recession has provided lemons, Youngstown has made some sweet lemonade as of late.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

another business incubator to open in Youngstown city limits - a food incubator

the other possible title of this post:
"where to get those nifty Resettle Youngstown t-shirts"

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Soon the City of Youngstown will have another incubator - a place where for-profit and non-profit entities can work together in close proximity, sharing knowledge and resources.

The Vindicator has a great story on the topic here explaining the rollout, the building of which was once the Penguin Pub and Amy's Campus 2000.

In the article : "North Side residents will see a producer and keeper of fresh, organic foods move to their neighborhood."

But the building also has other components from its recent renovation - multiple apartments available on the top floor, and tended garden space in the back towards Baldwin Street.

Just north of campus, the building also has neighbors in new or recently renovated structures, such as Dorian Books/Full Circle Florist, and the new four-story 115-bed apartment complex which opened this year. It also joins long-time neighborhood commercial entities such as Edward's Flowers.

The food incubator will be located in the Wick Park Neighborhood.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"to bake a cake, or have a baby, with the taste of tar in your mouth" to "Via680"

two videos posted on YouTube in the last 24 hours frame the transition of Youngstown's economy fairly well.

starting with poetic representations of Mr. Youngstown Sheet and Tube

then jumping to great multi-segment piece on via680 on Neotropolis (required watching)

YBI as regional and national talent aggregator.,,
330+ employees in downtown youngstown and growing weekly...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown celebrates its 75th Annual Tea this Sunday

It's amazing to consider the history of many of the ethnic traditions in Youngstown.

Back in the 1930s, the Polish Arts Club held their first community tea event.

And on this Sunday, February (Luty) 20th, this storied organization will hold its 75th Annual Art, Music, and Scholarship Tea at the Butler Art Museum.

starting at 1pm, besides tea and dessert, the event will include:

- readings in English and Polish of the Nobel-winning poet Czesław Miłosz (CHES-wav MEE-wosh), on the celebration of his 100th birthday, read by Professor Phil Brady.

- mezzo/soprano operatic singing by Elsa Higby.

- watercolors on display by Maryanne Hoffman.

- art on display by local students on interpretations of Polish General and American Revolutionary War Leader, Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Kos-CHUSH-ko).

- thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded.

- Docent lead tours of the Butler Art Museum, before the Tea starts at 12pm [reservation needed]

more information on the 75th Annual Tea here.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

in youngstown, even our great nuns are blogging

A blog came across my radar thru google alerts for the first time this week, but it's been going strong with consistent posts since May 2009.

The blog covers the thoughts and actions of the many great nuns of the Ursuline Order, here in Youngstown since 1874.

It's challenging to maintain a blog week after week, so kudos to the Ursulines for keeping up the conversation.

This post over the weekend was interesting, as it chronicled the closing of Sunday of Immaculate Conception Church on the near east side of the city.

Along with St. Elizabeth in adjacent Campbell which closed last month, one can ask:

what is the future for these (desanctified) structures?

For the 128 year old Immaculate Conception, the altar, the music organ, and other sacred artifacts will be transferred to Sacred Heart , also on the east side, where the parishes will merge.

But the architecturally important structure remains... and the clock is ticking.

Hopefully the building is well secured from the elements and vandals in the short run. We need that to be the first critical step.

Is there a future as a community center?
As a new church who hopefully won't sell off its treasured windows?
As a restaurant?
As some interesting apartments in close proximity to downtown?
As a home for a family?

what do you think?