Student’s Formula Targets Demolitions

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A Youngstown State University math major has come up with a formula to attack Youngstown’s vacant home problem.

Eric Shehadi, who is currently an intern with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, spoke with city leaders Wednesday about his model.

Shehadi has developed a mathematical formula to help rank vacant properties on several fronts. Shehadi said he uses things like the home’s condition, whether it’s near other vacant or occupied homes, and whether community groups like YNDC have targeted the particular neighborhood.

“It’s been a great opportunity for me as a YSU student to collaborate and work on an issue that affects the city,” Shehadi said. “Hopefully, this maybe inspires city leaders to find innovative ways to work with YSU on different issues that they face.”

Shehadi’s goal for the model is help take the guesswork out of the demolition process, saving both time and money.

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