Better Block event transforms part of Mahoning Avenue

Better block Mahoning Ave., Sept. 26, 2015
The YNDC Better Block event on Mahoning Ave. between Steel and Milton. Sept. 26, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a preview of what Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown could look like one day.

The Mahoning Avenue Better Block event between Steel Street and Milton Avenue on Saturday featured outdoor cafes, pop-up businesses, art galleries and performances.

Organizer say it’s also important to highlight the businesses already on Mahoning Avenue, but to look at how small changes can help transform the area.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation put on today’s Better Block event, that also included bicycle lanes on the street. “There’s a decent amount of traffic, especially in this area right here, it’s perfect for bike lanes so that’s why we wanted to have the two bike lanes on the side,” said Tom Hetrick with YNDC. “It being so close to the park it makes sense for people to be able to ride in and out of the park.”

There’s another event on October 25th on Midlothian Boulevard between Sheridan Road and Irma Avenue.

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