Friday, July 24, 2009

Youngstown Diaspora Ghetto

The following blurb at the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission blog caught my eye:

With two other local Hungarian Catholic churches scheduled to close by next summer, parishioners at St. Elizabeth of Hungary hope that the area's Hungarian American community will show a renewed interest in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood.
I conceptualize the effort as an attempt to concentrate a shrinking population into one area and provoke a community revival. In effect, Buckeye is calling its diaspora home. What does this have to do with Youngstown?

Concentrate the boomerang migrants and the newcomers in the Garden District. More analogous to the Buckeye neighborhood project, attract the relatively nearby expatriates. Build up the social capital of the neighborhood, filling it with dynamic entrepreneurial types. The Dreamer part of town. Residential neighborhood as incubator. Promote the networking of boomerang migrants and urban pioneers like seen in Scranton.


  1. Good idea. It all goes back to clusters. Clusters of businesses. Clusters of artists. Clusters of boomerangers.

    Some of these have developed naturally. The north side, for example, seems to have a disproportionate number of University professors. I'm sure there are other examples.

  2. Might be the first entrepreneurial ghetto. Anywhere.