Sunday, November 11, 2007

In the Last Three Months

Ok, I know, it's been a long time since I last posted, however, such is the life of a grad student. Anywho, I'd like to chime in on recent elections/issues in the city.

In the election of November 6th the city charter amendment to give Mayor Jay final say on the Parks and Recreation Department passed. I say kudos to the citizens of Youngstown for realizing that the old guard needs to leave.

In addition, this week Mayor Jay recieved the John F. Kennedy Foundation's New Frontier Award.

I applaud Jay, and his trailblazing efforts in revitalizing the city, and his innovative way of managing it.

On the suburbs vs. city front, there has been a glimmer of progress made. Austintown agreed to allow a portion of the township to be annexed to the city so that BJ Allen Fireworks may build a new showroom.

This cooperation, while on a relatively small scale shows exactly how the city and surrounding suburbs can work together for the better of the Valley.

Along these lines, many have argued that the suburbas are doing so much better then the city. I argue, though, that the two have not cooperated for the past twenty-five years, and how well is the area doing as a whole?

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