Neighborhood Boundaries: To the north Wood St., to the east South Ave., to the west Belmont Ave./Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and to the south is the wooded area before Ridge Ave.
Historically, Downtown Youngstown was the place where local residents went to shop, dine, or take in a show. The Warner Theater, one of several downtown theaters, was an entertainment destination for generations. The tall buildings on the Central Square and the offices and stores on Federal Street were once the headquarters of companies such as Youngstown Sheet & Tube, McKelvey's, Stambaugh-Thompson's, and WFMJ. The turn of the 20th century saw streets occupied by streetcar lines, horses, and early automobiles.
Today, Downtown Youngstown is different in many ways from its storied past. Major retail has relocated to the suburbs, streetcars have been replaced by buses, and most of the corporate headquarters are gone. However, many similarities to past glories remain. The classic architecture of the early 20th century skyscrapers and the signature Downtown skyline are still present. The Warner Theater is now Powers Auditorium, the heart of the DeYor Performing Arts Center, which, along with the Oakland Center for the Arts and the Covelli Centre, anchors the Downtown arts and entertainment district. Dining opportunities still abound, including several upscale restaurants, and live music and entertainment are available nearly every night of the week at new and established bars and clubs. Tech startups, led by the Youngstown Business Incubator, and a collection of professionals and service companies have joined traditional government entities in providing employment Downtown. Toss in the recent and ongoing developments in housing opportunites and
you have a Downtown that is once again considered a destination of choice for visiting, working, and living.
"What's great about living in Downtown Youngstown is you have the full metropolitan experience: great museums, restaurants, theater, etc., all in walking distance, but at a cost of living far below that of other cities. As new residents and businesses continue to come to the 1st Ward, its future is full of potential."
Jacob Harver - Downtown resident and business owner
NOTE: A number of surrounding communities have open enrollment in their
school district. These communities offer private school options, as well.
This option is a consideration while living in the City of Youngstown
because there is virtually no traffic congestion in the region.
Some schools on this list might offer curriculum for children with special
needs. Nevertheless, additional schools do exist in the City and surrounding
communities that specialize in providing such services.
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