For decades, Youngstown’s Fosterville Neighborhood, located on the city’s south side, was a vibrant residential area. It played host to the booming Glenwood Avenue commercial corridor and the legendary Idora Amusement Park, whose Wildcat roller coaster was consistently ranked among the top roller coasters in the country.
Photo: Sean Posey
The collapse of the local steel industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the closure of Idora Park in 1984, signaled the area’s long decline.
In recent years, the area now known as Idora has begun a turnaround. The creation of the Idora Block Watch and then the Idora Neighborhood Association sparked increased community involvement. A decline in crime and the increasing removal of blight continues to give residents hope. That hope was celebrated this past weekend with the first annual Idora Fest.
Enjoy these photos from the event:
Thanks for sharing, Sean Posey. We are going to continue following Youngstown’s efforts to save its neighborhoods!
Cleveland’s Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is hosting its second From Rust Belt to Artist Belt Conference this weekend in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
The conference will convene the region’s top community development and arts advocacy officials to discuss the process of harnessing the creative talent of artists to revitalize distressed neighborhoods.
On the speakers list will be Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams,Terry Schwartz, from Kent State’s Urban Design Collaborative, and Matthew Galluzzo, Arts District Manager of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative.
The keynote speech will feature Ralf Ebert, Director of STADTart and Culture and Planning Consultant for the City of Dortmund, Germany.
The conference is part of CPAC’s Creative Compass initiative, launched in 2007 to increase artists’ access to affordable home and work space.
Monday, Sept. 14, is the last day to register for the conference online.
And stay tuned because I will be reporting from the conference at the end of the week.
How do you overcome the perception – and reality- of a central city neighborhood in a Rust Belt city that is losing population? That’s Terry Glazer and United North’s challenge.
Glazer leads the Lagrange Development Corporation, a community development group that works to improve housing, jobs, economic opportunities, and the neighborhood in general in North Toledo.