Youngstown Project III: Riding Uncertainties in Shrinking Cities
Youngstown, Ohio is one of many shrinking cities in the US rust belt. To deal with its seemingly insurmountable number of vacant and abandoned properties, Youngstown local communities have released a number of neighborhood action plans (NAPs) since 2015. Each NAP was followed up by a series of quarterly-based neighborhood meetings, in which changes to the former NAPs were made due to environment and process uncertainties. This study inquires how NAPs change overtime and how to evaluate the implementation of NAPs via meeting minutes.. We are using a combined research method that engages quantitative and qualitative inquiries. We anticipate that changes to the former NAPs are drastic and our former evaluation of the NAPs' implementation (published on JPER) will have to be updated through a dynamic perspective.